Daniel Schorr

News Correspondent

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents



About this interview

In his nearly three-hour Archive interview, Journalist Daniel Schorr (1916-2010) talks about his early years and education, where he began his career as a print journalist. He details his transition to radio, then television, working for CBS News in Moscow in the mid-1950s and Germany in the early 1960s. He discusses his work on the acclaimed nonfiction series CBS Reports and The Twentieth Century. Other topics covered in the interview include the Nixon administration and its Watergate scandal (where he found himself on the Nixon "enemies" list), the beginnings of CNN, and his commentaries for NPR. Don Carleton conducted the interview on May 22, 2001.

"For a long time I said  I'd like to be remembered as the one who tried to find out what people needed to know and somebody wasn't telling them. Now in the age of Internet, when people are deluged with information, I want to change that. I want to say: you're getting information called data from everywhere. I want to help you to understand it."

Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early years and influences; on his start in journalism; on his experiences during World War II

Chapter 2

On World War II; on his work in newpapers and radio; on joining CBS radio; on the Army-McCarthy hearings

Chapter 3

On reporting from Moscow in 1955; on covering Nikita Khruschev; on his first CBS television news work

Chapter 4

On his news coverage in Europe; on covering President John F. Kennedy's Berlin visit; on the technical issues of TV news; on covering the President Richard Nixon and disovering he was on the "enemies" list

Chapter 5

On Watergate; on CBS News (including his "instant analysis" segments); on the Pike Report

Chapter 6

On his post-CBS work; on writing syndicated columns; on joining CNN; on doing commentaries for NPR; on how he would like to be remembered

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