John Cameron Swayze (April 4, 1906 - August 15, 1995) was a popular news commentator and game show panelist in the United States during the 1950s. He was born in Wichita, Kansas, the son of a wholesale drug salesman. He attended schools in Atchison, Kansas. Swayze first sought to work as an actor, but his activity in Broadway theatre during 1929 ended when acting roles became scarce following Wall Street's stock market crash. Swayze returned to the Midwest and worked for the Kansas City Journal Post as a reporter. From there Swayze graduated to radio doing news updates for Kansas City's KMBC in 1940 and, reportedly, an experimental early television newscast. In Kansas City, Swayze broadcast news items prepared by United Press Kansas City bureau overnight editor Walter Cronkite.
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