Walter Winchell
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1897
Date of Death: 1972
Cause of Death: Prostate cancer
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Journalist, broadcaster
Spouse: Rita Greene (divorced),
Elizabeth June Magee (common-law, predeceased him)
Children: Three (two predeceased him)
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Fallout
Type of Appearance: Direct (as "Walter")
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): In at the Death
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972) was an American newspaper and radio commentator. He invented the "gossip column", ignoring the journalistic taboo against exposing the private lives of public figures, permanently altering journalism.

Walter Winchell in The Hot WarEdit

At a press conference during World War III, Walter Winchell asked President Harry Truman if there would be anything left of the United States or the world by the war's end. Truman replied that he hoped and prayed that there would, but that the decision was also partially up to Joseph Stalin.[1]

Walter Winchell in Joe SteeleEdit

In 1935, when President Joe Steele was pushing for legislation for the establishment of labor camps in the United States, journalist Mike Sullivan published an article in the New York Post entitled "Land of the Free and Home of the Labor Camp!" in the hopes that someone like Will Rogers or Walter Winchell would pick up the piece and create public opposition to the bill. Stan Feldman, his editor, was skeptical about public outrage, quoting H.L. Mencken about underestimating the public's intelligence.[2]

Walter Winchell in Southern VictoryEdit

Walter Winchell was an American newspaper and radio commentator. In 1944, Winchell interviewed Cassius Madison when Madison toured the United States. Madison could barely understand Winchell's New York accent.[3]


  1. Fallout, pg. 113.
  2. Joe Steele, pg. 129.
  3. In at the Death, pg. 437, TPB.