Edward R. Murrow

Murrow, Edward Roscoe

Edward Roscoe Murrow, 1908–65, American news broadcaster, b. Greensboro, N.C. He joined the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in 1935 and became its European director two years later, assembling and training a news staff to cover the impending war. As a CBS war correspondent (1939–45) Murrow was noted for dramatic and accurate radio broadcasts from London during the Battle of Britain. He served the network as vice president and director of public affairs (1945–47) and news analyst (1947–61), producing and broadcasting the popular television programs Person to Person and See It Now, on which in 1954 he challenged the practices of Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy. Murrow was director of the U.S. Information Agency from 1961 to 1964.

See biographies by A. Kendrick (1969) and A. M. Sperber (1986); studies by S. Cloud and L. Olson (1996), M. Bernstein and A. Lubertozzi (2003), and B. Edwards (2004); The Edward R. Murrow Collection, (VCR, 1991; DVD, 2005).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism
Bob Edwards.
Wiley, 2004
The Decade That Shaped Television News: CBS in the 1950s
Sig Mickelson.
Praeger Publishers, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 5 "A New Species of Documentary: The Birth of See It Now"
Radio Prototype: Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly's Hear It Now
Ehrlich, Matthew C.
Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Vol. 51, No. 3, September 2007
See It Now Confronts McCarthyism: Television Documentary and the Politics of Representation
Thomas Rosteck.
University of Alabama Press, 1994
Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism, and American Culture
Thomas Doherty.
Columbia University Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: Chap. Eight "Edward R. Murrow Slays the Dragon of Joseph McCarthy"
Mightier Than the Sword: How the News Media Have Shaped American History
Rodger Streitmatter.
Westview Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 10 "Exposing Joe McCarthy: Television's Finest Hour"
The Political Performers: CBS Broadcasts in the Public Interest
Michael D. Murray.
Praeger Publishers, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Murrow: Radio Days"
Persuasive Encounters: Case Studies in Constructive Confrontation
Gary C. Woodward.
Praeger, 1990
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "This Just Might Do Nobody Any Good: Edward R. Murrow and the News Directors"
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