Began career as a reporter for the Minneapolis Journal, the Paris Herald Tribune and the United Press
Hired by CBS to work under Edward R. Murrow
Made last appearance on a CBS News program, "Remember Pearl Harbor", a reflection on the 50th anniversary of Japan's attack on the Hawaii military base
Covered WWII in both Europe and in southeast Asia
Was the first newsman to report France's imminent surrender to the Nazis
Worked at the CBS bureau in Washington DC; served part of the time as chief correspondent
Officially retired upon reaching the age of 65; named a consultant to CBS News
formerly worked for CBS News; survived him
born April 25, 1940 in Paris; received BA from Middlebury College; worked as an actor from 1960-71 on TV and in such films as "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" and "Airport" (both 1969); later served as an executive producer at CBS and as vice president of production at MGM
University of Minnesota
Sevareid's three children were from marriages prior to his last to Suzanne St. Pierre
"Eric was the best thinker and writer who ever sat down to a microphone. He was the one giant tree in the forest. He stood alone.
"He loved the language and used it bravely and well. He was never very comfortable with the lights and cameras and paraphernalias of television; he once murmured, 'One good word is worth a thousand pictures.' He believed that the words were what counted, even in a picture medium. His 1946 autobiography, 'Not So Wild a Dream', inspired in thousands of aspiring young reporters the wish to be like Eric Sevareid. But none of us came close. There was only one of him." --Charles Kuralt
"Eric was one of the best of that small number of news analysts, commentators and essayists who truly deserved to be called distinguished.
"The perfectly chosen words, the perfectly turned phrase, the perfectly modulated voice made perfectly effective the seething indignation that rose within him when he perceived injustice, political knavery or bureaucratic stupidity.
"Eric like to ponder over his commentaries, to fine tune, hone and polish them. He was uncomfortable ad-libbing, fearing, I suppose, that he might rush to judgment. But he was a master of the extemporaneous essay. I remember that he was rather skeptical about manned space flight until he witnessed his first moon launching at Cape Canaveral. Then, he turned to the camera as the rocket disappeared into the stratosphere and delivered a totally spontaneous tribute to the astronauts and the technical successes on which they rode, a tribute that was a lovely ode of passion and beauty." --Walter Cronkite
He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame (1987)