Acclaimed journalism legend Daniel Schorr dies at 93

July 24th, 2010 - 12:46 am ICT by BNO News  

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BNO NEWS) – Acclaimed journalism legend Daniel Schorr, whose career spanned more than six decades, died on Friday morning, National Public Radio (NPR) announced. He was 93.

Schorr was a longtime senior news analyst for NPR and a veteran Washington journalist. He broke major stories during the Cold War and Watergate scandal. Along his long career, he earned many awards, including three Emmy Awards for his television journalism.

“He could compare presidents from Eisenhower on through, and that gave him historical context for things. He had lived it, he had worked it and he had absorbed it. That added a layer to his broadcasting that was hard for somebody his junior to match,” said Donald A. Ritchie, Senate historian.

Schorr was born in 1916 in the Bronx from Belorussian immigrants. He began his career in 1946 when he began writing from Western Europe for the Christian Science Monitor and later The New York Times, after serving in U.S. Army intelligence during World War II.

In 1953, he joined CBS News as part of a team put together by journalist Edward Murrow. In 1957, Schorr got the first exclusive broadcast interview with a Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, Chief of the URSS Communist Party.

Before being assigned to Washington in 1966, Schorr covered the building of the Berlin Wall. In the U.S. capital, he covered the implementation of President Johnson’s Great Society programs.

But he also made enemies, most famously of the Nixon White House after a dispute. He eventually turned out to be on the Nixon’s Enemies List.

Schorr won Emmys in each of the Watergate years of 1972, 1973 and 1974.

In 1976, Schorr denied to identify his source before the Congress, despite threats of jail time and severe fines. He cited First Amendment protections for leaking a copy of a report on the findings of the Pike Committee, which investigated CIA and FBI activities.

From 1979 until 1985, Schorr was employed by CNN. After that, he joined NPR where he continued to contribute with commentaries until his death.

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