Journalist Legend Edward R. Murrow Remembered on 100th Birthday

April 25, 2008 04:25 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
Known for his coverage of World War II and for exposing Sen. Joseph McCarthy, journalist Edward R. Murrow would have celebrated his 100th birthday today.

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His career includes “some of the most unforgettable moments in American journalism,” writes CBS, the network where Murrow began his career in 1935.

He became one of the most trusted broadcast journalists during World War II, directing a group of young reporters who came to be known as “Murrow’s Boys,” as they reported fearlessly from the front lines.

“This is … London,” Murrow announced, beginning a series of war broadcasts that would come to be heard by millions of people.

Following his success in Europe, Murrow was offered a weekly show, “See It Now.” It developed a reputation for the bold coverage of controversial subjects. Murrow attacked Sen. Joseph McCarthy for his anti-communism crusade on March 9, 1954, a move which eventually led to the end of the senator’s political career.

In 1961 Murrow accepted an appointment from President John F. Kennedy as the head of the United States Information Agency, but he only held the job for three years before he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

He died in 1965 on his farm in New York, one year after being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

But Murrow, who famously ended broadcasts with the catch phrase “Good night and good luck,” lives on as a model for investigative reporting to this day.

David Halberstam wrote in his 2000 book "The Powers That Be,” that Murrow was "one of those rare legendary figures who was as good as his myth."

Headline Link: Remembering Murrow

Related Topics: Murrow’s achievements abroad and at home

‘The Edward R. Murrow Awards’
Audio & Video: Murrow on the air
Listen to several of Murrow’s broadcasts on Soundboard. The clips include a broadcast during an air raid at during World War II at Trafalgar Square and an exchange with Sen. McCarthy.

Background Links: Murrow’s obituary


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