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Vol. XII, no. 1

TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition

April 2000

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Daniel Schorr to be Banquet Speaker
By Barbara Standlee

    Daniel Schorr, veteran reporter-commentator, and currently Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio, will be the featured speaker at the Friends' 28th annual dinner on Tuesday, April 25.  Mr. Schorr's career has spanned more than half a century, and he has earned many awards for journalistic excellence including three Emmys, and a Peabody personal award "for a lifetime of uncompromising reporting of the highest integrity."

    After serving in Army intelligence in World War II, he began writing for the Christian Science Monitor and New York Times on post-war construction, NATO, and the Marshall Plan.  In 1953 he joined CBS News as a diplomatic correspondent based in Washington D.C. and traveled to Central and South America.

    In 1955 he opened a CBS bureau in Moscow.  Two years later, in 1957, he filmed an interview with Nikita Khrushchev in his Kremlin office; the first-ever television interview with a Soviet leader.  In that same year, he was arrested and barred from the Soviet Union after repeated defiance of Soviet censorship and an arrest on trumped-up charges by the KGB.

      In 1960 he was assigned CBS bureau chief for Germany and Eastern Europe, where he covered the Berlin Crisis and building of the Berlin Wall.

    In the mid 1960s he returned to Washington and covered civil rights and urban and environmental affairs.  After the Watergate break-in in 1972, Schorr became the CBS' chief Watergate correspondent.  His reports and on-the-scene coverage earned him his three Emmys.  During the subsequent Watergate hearings, Schorr turned up on Nixon's "enemies list", along with evidence that the President had ordered him investigated by the FBI.

Schorr       When the House of Representatives voted to suppress the final report of the investigations of  the CIA and FBI scandals in 1976, Schorr arranged for publication of the advance copy he had exclusively obtained.  Suspended by CBS, and investigated by the House Ethics Committee, he refused on First Ammendment grounds to betray his source.  The Committee decided against a contempt citation.  Rather than return to broadcasting, he chose to resign and write his account of the experience in a book, Clearing the Air.  He accepted an appointment as Regents Professor of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley and wrote a syndicated newspaper column.

      Asked by Ted Turner in 1979 to assist in the creation of a Cable News Network, he then served as its senior correspondent until 1985.  Since then he has been a regular contributor to National Public Radio.

      "Forgive Us Our Press Passes" is the subject of his talk and copies of his book by the same title will be available for purchase.

The dinner, which will be held at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center on campus, is at 7 p.m. and  will be preceded by a cash bar at 6:30. 



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