CBS News celebrates 50 Years of “On The Road”

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(CBS) — “On the Road,” the storied CBS News franchise that began with legendary newsman Charles Kuralt and continues today with CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman, is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

“On the Road” is one of the longest-running and most successful franchises in television news history. Charles Kuralt set out to see the country in October 1967 and spent much of his career “On the Road,” logging more than a million miles by traveling across America in a motor home. The Kuralt series was broadcast on more than 600 editions of the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Hartman reimagined “On the Road” in 2011, and since then, he has captured the spirit of America with his own version of the series every Friday on the CBS EVENING NEWS, with extended versions of those stories often airing on CBS SUNDAY MORNING.

“‘On the Road’ showcases the best feature writing and storytelling on television, and we are proud of this celebrated franchise that is so unique in network television,” said Steve Capus, Executive Producer of the CBS EVENING NEWS and Executive Editor of CBS News. “Steve brings us unforgettable and uplifting stories that become the highlight of every week and truly celebrate the fabric of America.”

“No one will ever become Charles Kuralt. No one can write like him. And only tubas will ever share a voice that deep,” said Hartman. “I’m just honored to be at the same network and doing the same segment 50 years later. In fact, assuming this mantle was, by far, the greatest honor of my career.”

Hartman sat down with CBS News’ Anthony Mason to discuss what makes “On the Road” so special. Hartman said the best part of his job is meeting the people. Click here to watch their conversation.

Additionally, Friday’s CBS EVENNG NEWS “On the Road” segment will feature an interview with Izzy Bleckman, Kuralt’s cameraman. Hartman will also look back on some of Kuralt’s signature stories. CBS SUNDAY MORNING will air an extended version on Oct. 29.

Most of Hartman’s “On the Road” stories become viral internet sensations, garnering millions of views. Some of his most popular features include the bookish football star; two strangers who became a match made in heaven when they met after a liver transplant; and a story about a Gold Star kid who turned a $20 bill into millions of dollars raised for military families. Hartman says the story people ask him about more than any other is a personal one about his father and the selling of his childhood home.

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