See It Now
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Joseph McCarthy
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Don Hewitt
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Walter Cronkite

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Edward R. Murrow

Knowledge Identifier: +Edward_R._Murrow


Edward R. Murrow

American broadcast journalist add

Category: Journalism

Born in 1908.

Countries: United States (58%), United Kingdom (11%), Italy (6%)

Main connections: See It Now, Washington State University, Joseph McCarthy

Linked to: Washington State University, Labour Party, Tufts University, Alcoa




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Edward R. Murrow was born in 1908 add something


After graduation from high school in 1926, Murrow enrolled at Washington State College across the state in Pullman, Washington, and eventually majored in speech add something


In 1929, while attending the annual convention of the National Student Federation of America, Murrow gave a speech urging college students to become more interested in national and world affairs; this led to his election as president of the federation add something


After earning his bachelor's degree in 1930, he moved back east to New York add something


Murrow worked as assistant director of the Institute of International Education from 1932 to 1935, serving as the assistant secretary of the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, which helped prominent German scholars who had been dismissed from academic positions add something


Murrow joined CBS as director of talks and education in 1935 and remained with the network for his entire career add something


He married Janet Huntington Brewster on March 12, 1935 add something


CBS - A key early hire was Edward R. Murrow in 1935; his first corporate title was Director of Talks


Murrow went to London in 1937 to serve as the director of CBS's European operations add something


Murrow gained his first glimpse of fame during the March 1938 "Anschluss," in which Adolf Hitler engineered the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany add something


On March 13, 1938, the special was broadcast, hosted by Bob Trout in New York, and including Shirer in London , reporter Edgar Ansel Mowrer of the "Chicago Daily News" in Paris , reporter Pierre J. Huss of the International News Service in Berlin , and Senator Lewis B. Schwellenbach in Washington, D.C. Reporter Frank Gervasi, in Rome , was unable to find a transmitter to broadcast reaction from the Italian capital, but phoned his script to Shirer in London, who read it on the broadcast add something


In September 1938, Murrow and Shirer were regular participants in CBS's coverage of the crisis over the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia, which Hitler coveted for Germany and eventually won in the Munich Agreement add something


At the end of 1940, with every night's German bombing raid, Londoners who might not necessarily see each other the next morning often closed their conversations with "good night, and good luck" add something


So, at the end of one 1940 broadcast, Murrow ended his segment with "Good night, and good luck add something


William Shirer's reporting from Berlin brought him national acclaim, and a commentator's position with CBS News upon his return to the United States in December 1940 add something


When Murrow returned to the U.S. in 1941, CBS hosted a dinner in his honor on December 2 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel add something


Murrow so closely cooperated with the British that in 1943 Winston Churchill offered to make him joint director-general of the BBC, in charge of programming add something


Walter Cronkite - He became one of the top American reporters in World War II, covering battles in North Africa and Europe, and in 1943 turned down a job offer from Edward R. Murrow of CBS to relieve Bill Downs in Moscow


On 12 April 1945 Murrow and Bill Shadel were the first reporters at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany add something


Their son, Charles Casey Murrow, was born in west London on November 6, 1945 add something


In December 1945 Murrow reluctantly accepted Paley's offer to become a Vice President of the network and head of CBS News, and made his last news report from London in March 1946 add something


Russell J. York - York is reported to have been at the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald sometime during 1945, where a contingent of American press including the CBS News correspondent Edward R. Murrow arrived on April 15, 1945


The relationship between Murrow and Shirer ended in 1947 in one of the great confrontations of American broadcast journalism, when Shirer was fired by CBS. He said he resigned in the heat of an interview at the time, but was actually terminated add something


Columbia Masterworks Records - The first wildly-successful spoken word album was a 1948 Masterworks entry, the first "I Can Hear It Now" album, edited by Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly and supervised by former CBS staffer J.G. Gude


As the 1950s began, Murrow began his television career by appearing in editorial "tailpieces" on the CBS Evening News and in the coverage of special events add something


In 1950 the records evolved into a weekly CBS Radio show, "Hear It Now", hosted by Murrow and co-produced by Murrow and Friendly add something


In 1950, Murrow narrated a half-hour radio documentary called "The Case for the Flying Saucers" add something


"See It Now" focused on a number of controversial issues in the 1950s, but it is best remembered as the show that criticized McCarthyism and the Red Scare, contributing if not leading to the political downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy add something


From 1951 to 1955, Murrow was the host of "This I Believe", which offered ordinary people the opportunity to speak for five minutes on radio add something


On November 18, 1951, "Hear It Now" moved to television and was re-christened "See It Now" add something


Don Hewitt - He was the first director of "See It Now," co-produced by host Edward R. Murrow and Fred W. Friendly that started in 1952; his use of "two film projectors cutting back and forth breaks up the monotony of a talking head, improves editing, and shapes future news broadcasts


In 1953, Murrow launched a second weekly TV show, a series of celebrity interviews entitled "Person to Person" add something


Daniel Schorr - Following several years as a stringer, in 1953 he joined CBS News as one of the recruits of Edward R. Murrow


James Lawrence Fly - In 1953 Fly debated House Majority Leader Charles A. Halleck on the use of wiretaps, on Edward R. Murrow's "See It Now" television program


Dag Hammarskjold - In 1953, soon after his appointment as United Nations secretary general, Hammarskjöld was interviewed on radio by Edward R. Murrow


Roy Campanella - Roy Campanella was interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on the CBS program "Person to Person" on October 2, 1953 and again on January 2, 1959


On March 9, 1954, Murrow, Friendly, and their news team produced a half-hour "See It Now" special entitled "A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy" add something


American Civil Liberties Union - McCarthyism declined in late 1954 after television journalist Edward R. Murrow and others publicly chastised McCarthy


Julius Caesar (play) - The same line was quoted in Edward R. Murrow's epilogue of his famous 1954 "See It Now" documentary broadcast concerning Senator Joseph R. McCarthy


Joseph McCarthy - One of the most prominent attacks on McCarthy's methods was an episode of the television documentary series "See It Now", hosted by journalist Edward R. Murrow, which was broadcast on March 9, 1954


Annie Lee Moss - A cameraman from Edward R. Murrow's television show "See It Now" had filmed the Moss hearing, and the case was the subject of the episode broadcast on March 16, 1954


"See It Now" was knocked out of its weekly slot in 1955 after sponsor Alcoa withdrew its advertising, but the show remained as a series of occasional TV special news reports that defined television documentary news coverage add something


Aram Avakian - From 1955 to 1958, Avakian was the editor of Edward R. Murrow's program "See It Now"


Marilyn Monroe - On April 8, 1955, veteran journalist Edward R. Murrow interviewed Greene and his wife Amy, as well as Monroe, at the Greenes' home in Connecticut on a live telecast of the CBS program "Person to Person"


In 1956, Murrow took time to appear as the on-screen narrator of a special prologue for Michael Todd's epic production, "Around the World in 80 Days" add something


Danny Kaye - Kaye entered the world of television in 1956 through the CBS show "See It Now" with Edward R. Murrow


Edward VIII - The couple appeared on Edward R. Murrow's television interview show Person to Person in 1956, and a 50-minute BBC television interview in 1970.


Beginning in 1958, Murrow hosted a talk show entitled "Small World" that brought together political figures for one-to-one debates add something


"See It Now" ended entirely in the summer of 1958 after a clash in Paley's office add something


"See It Now"'s final broadcast, "Watch on the Ruhr" , aired July 7, 1958 add something


After contributing to the first episode of the documentary series "CBS Reports", Murrow, increasingly under physical stress due to his conflicts and frustration with CBS, took a sabbatical from summer 1959 to mid-1960, though he continued to work on "CBS Reports" and "Small World" during this period add something


Murrow continued to present daily radio news reports on the CBS Radio Network until 1959 add something


In January 1959, he appeared on WGBH's "The Press and the People" with Louis Lyons, discussing the responsibilities of television journalism add something


H. Allen Smith - On June 28, 1959, he was interviewed by Edward R. Murrow on "Person to Person"


In 1960, Murrow played himself in the British war-time film "Sink the Bismarck" add something


Directed by Friendly and produced by David Lowe, it ran in November 1960, just after Thanksgiving add something


Murrow resigned from CBS to accept a position as head of the United States Information Agency, parent of the Voice of America, in January 1961 add something


Richard Heffner - A protégé of Edward R. Murrow, Heffner helped establish public television in New York City and was its first general manager, from 1961 to 1963


Morrill Cody - Cody served with the United States Foreign Service for more than two decades and was a former deputy director of the United States Information Agency from 1961 to 1963 under Edward R. Murrow


On September 16, 1962, Murrow introduced educational television to New York City via the maiden broadcast of WNDT, which became WNET add something


Washington State University - Among the 39 WSU alumni to receive the Regents' Distinguished Alumnus Award since 1962 are recipient of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry Irwin Rose, broadcaster Edward R. Murrow, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, astronaut John M. Fabian, cartoonist Gary Larson, molecular evolutionist Allan Wilson, banking executive Phyllis J. Campbell, Entrepreneur Clint Hedin, sociologist William Julius Wilson, author and film director Sherman Alexie, veterinary researcher John Gorham, wheat breeder Orville Vogel, physicist Philip Abelson and physician Neva Abelson


Asked to stay on by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Murrow did so but resigned in early 1964, citing illness add something

Edward R. Murrow died in 1965 add something


Murrow died at his home on April 27, 1965, two days after his 57th birthday add something


In 1971 the RTNDA established the Edward R. Murrow award, honoring outstanding achievement in the field of electronic journalism add something


In 1973, Murrow's alma mater, Washington State University, dedicated its expanded communication facilities the Edward R. Murrow Communications Center and established the annual Edward R. Murrow Symposium add something


In 1974, Saul Bruckner founded Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn, New York add something


Daniel J. Travanti - In 1986, HBO broadcast the made-for-cable biographical film "Murrow", with Travanti's portrayal of Edward R. Murrow receiving a Cable Ace nomination


Marvin Kalb - Kalb was the founding director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy and Edward R. Murrow Professor of Press and Public Policy from 1987 to 1999


Charles Kimbrough - In 1988, Mr. Kimbrough was cast as Jim Dial, a veteran network news anchor with the integrity and experience of an Edward R. Murrow or Walter Cronkite, on the CBS sitcom "Murphy Brown"


There are different versions of these events; Shirer's was not made public until 1990 add something


Peter Jennings - In 2004, he was *awarded with the Edward R. Murrow *award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting from Washington State University


Veteran journalist Crocker Snow, Jr. was named director of the Murrow Center in 2005 add something


Joseph McCarthy - Archival footage of McCarthy himself was used in the 2005 movie "Good Night, and Good Luck" about Edward R. Murrow and the "See It Now" episode that challenged McCarthy


David Strathairn - Strathairn was nominated for an Academy *award for his starring portrayal of CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow in the 2005 biopic "Good Night, and Good Luck"


Don Hewitt - On April 3, 2008, Hewitt was honored with Washington State University's Edward R. Murrow *award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcast Journalism