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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Edward R. Murrow: Selected full-text books and articles

Radio Prototype: Edward R. Murrow and Fred Friendly's Hear It Now By Ehrlich, Matthew C Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, Vol. 51, No. 3, September 2007
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Cold War, Cool Medium: Television, McCarthyism, and American Culture By 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 By Rodger Streitmatter Westview Press, 1997
Librarian's tip: Chap. 10 "Exposing Joe McCarthy: Television's Finest Hour"
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