Fri, 04/12/2024

Remembering Robert MacNeil

Robert MacNeil

We’re sad to learn that journalist Robert MacNeil has passed away at the age of 93. As a reporter for NBC he covered major events including the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy – MacNeil was riding in a bus behind the presidential motorcade in Dallas and may have unwittingly crossed paths with Lee Harvey Oswald. He went on to work at PBS where he created, with Jim Lehrer, the PBS NewsHour (originally the MacNeil/Lehrer Report).

Below are some selections from his interview, which was conducting over two sessions in 2000 and 2001:

On the assassination of John F. Kennedy:

On the MacNeil/Lehrer Report:

On his interviewing techniques:

Watch Robert MacNeil’s full interview and read his obituary in The Hollywood Reporter.