"CBS News presents Douglas Edwards with up-to-the minute developments from all parts of the world." That's how America was introduced to network television's first anchor.
, the first anchor of this broadcast, was born 100 years ago, on July 14, 1917 in Ada, Oklahoma.
A radio veteran, Edwards was tapped to anchor the first nightly network TV newscast, in 1948 -- put together, he would later say, "with spit, bailing wire and high spirits."
Edwards told us in 1988 that "each night, I was welcoming a new station -- until one night early in the early '50s I said, 'Good evening everybody, coast to coast.'"
Edwards anchored this newscast for 14 years, reporting the biggest stories of his time.
Edwards holds a record not likely to be broken: He anchored a daily network television newscast for 40 years.
"Douglas Edwards, CBS News, New York. More news later on this CBS station," he said.