Edward R. Murrow
Television journalist
Edward R. Murrow
Edward R. Murrow was an American broadcast journalist. He first came to prominence with a series of radio news broadcasts during World War II, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States and Canada. Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss, and Alexander Kendrick considered Murrow one of journalism's greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.
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Exclusive Interview: David Strathairn leads the ALPHAS - Assignment X
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STRATHAIRN: In that context, yeah, there's probably some similarity, but I think it's pretty slim, because Edward Murrow was surrounded with really capable people. AX: You have not done a lot of science-fiction/fantasy genre projects before ALPHAS
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MOVIES | "Passione" and "The Real American": Summer festival finds - Twin Cities Planet
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A docudrama, this timely new take on "Tailgunner Joe" attempts to separate the man from the myth, which includes the Edward Murrow role in George Clooney's 2005 Good Night and Good Luck. A five-year research project, the film goes well beyond the
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Sinetron (S2) - Koran Sindo
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Edward Murrow seorang jurnalis dan pakar pertelevisian pernah mengatakan bahwa televisi adalah kotak ajaib yang bisa mengajarkan (“teach”), mencerahkan (“illuminate”), dan bahkan menginspirasi (“inspire”) pemirsanya. Lha, kalau hidup yang tergambarkan
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A Talent for Being There - Wall Street Journal
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When Universal Service went under and Shirer again found himself on the job market, he was approached by Edward Murrow, who persuaded him to take a job with CBS in the incipient field of radio journalism. Americans could now hear the news as it was
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王健壯-讓政府新聞獎變成歷史名詞 - 中時電子報
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但在新聞自由的民主國家,新聞獎都是由民間舉辦,例如英國的英國新聞獎(British Press Award),美國的普立茲獎、皮巴迪獎(Peabody Award)與莫洛獎(Edward Murrow Award),都與政府無關。 更何況,在古典政治傳播學的定義中,媒體與政府的關係,有如「聖喬治」與「惡
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Vom Bauernsohn zum Kommunistenjäger - Lutz Hachmeister hat das Leben Joe ... - Deutschlandradio
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Er macht unter anderem klar, dass Senator McCarthy politisch bereits erledigt war, bevor Journalisten - allen voran Edward Murrow - ihm den Todesstoß gaben. Er zeigt, dass McCarthy nicht direkt mit der anti-kommunistischen Hexenjagd in Hollywood zu tun
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Un bacio romantico - Paperblog
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Tra i punti di forza del film ci sono senza dubbio le interpretazioni di tutto il cast principale, a partire dalle prove molto buone di Natalie Portman e David Strathairn (l'eccellente Edward Murrow di Good Night, and Good Luck); fino alla sorpresa
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Keith Olbermann Brings 'Last Line of Defense' to Current TV: VIDEO - Towleroad
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I really wish he wouldn't keep trying to be this generation's Edward Murrow. Great to hear him again but... what the Hell is "Current TV"? At least he beat Glen Beck back on air. You're right Herro, he's already trying too hard
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More on Stewart v. Wallace - The Atlantic
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The world that makes Comedy Central possible makes Edward Murrow impossible. This is what makes Stewart seem sanctimonious when he's being serious rather than satirical (I'm a big fan of him in the latter form, like everyone else)
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After 10 years, it's good night and good luck - TribuneMagazine.co.uk
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From Colombia to Argentina from Mexico to Chile from Venezuela to Guatemala I will be reporting from the front line of the fight for justice. As Edward Murrow, the American television journalist dubbed a “red” and witch-hunted for standing up against
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When in Rome, screw up as they do - The Independent Florida Alligator (blog)
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Edward Murrow said, "A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves." Hold your representative's feet to the fire by writing or calling him or her. Attend a political protest to make your voice heard. Vote for common-sense, honest candidates
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ABC News Receives Edward R. Murrow Award for Toyota Investigation - Stitch Kingdom (blog)
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ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and the ABC News Investigative Team have been awarded the 2011 National Edward R. Murrow Award for Video Continuing Coverage for their exclusive investigation that revealed how Toyota had for years
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St. Mary's seniors bid adieu - Daily Item
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... to celebrate the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. With so many goodbyes and hellos in front of them, Colonel Clark gave the most appropriate ending for now when he quoted renowned anchor Edward Murrow: "Good night and good luck."
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La nación de las ovejas - ElTiempo.com (Comunicado de prensa) (blog)
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... nadie está por encima de la ley y de que no nos gobiernan reyes ni mesías, sino servidores públicos. Nada de qué quejarse. Bien advertía Edward Murrow que es una nación de ovejas la que hace posible el gobierno de los lobos. Twitter @nataliaspringer
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CNBC's Jim Cramer Tries To Whitewash His Obama Bashing - Media Matters for America (blog)
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How sad that the role Edward Murrow once had, the role of holding people to task forwhat they say and do, has been abandoned by all but a comedian." by magnolialover (7 hours and 5 minutes ago) Also, the important thing that the Stewart
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Laat een paar bloemen bloeien: “the vast wasteland” van de Nederlandse televisie - Nieuwe Reporter
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Van de Amerikaanse pionier Edward Murrow, geportretteerd in de film Good Night, and Good Luck, die alleen spraakmakende onthullings-tv mocht maken als hij ook onbenullige quizzes deed en interviews met sterretjes, en daarover altijd met zijn bazen
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Twain ve King'in Ladin vecizeleri de yalan çıktı - Turkish Journal online News
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Şimdi, bunların üzerine, Facebook ve Twitter'da ise, Edward Murrow'un, ''İletişimin hızı yakalanamayacak boyutta. Ancak hız, gerçek olmayan bilginin yayılma hızını da ikiye katlıyor'' sözü dolaşıyor. Henüz, sözün doğruluğuna itiraz gelmedi
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Journalism Dramatized at the Irondale - New York Times (blog)
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Which, of course, is a departure from the era of Edward Murrow and his one-time employee Walter Cronkite. “I think Americans came to understand that they were citizens of the world for the first time through these broadcasts, that what went on in
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Edward R. Murrow
    FIFTIES
  • 1965
    Age 56
    Murrow died at his home on April 27, 1965, two days after his 57th birthday.
    More Details Hide Details His colleague and friend Eric Sevareid said of him, "He was a shooting star; and we will live in his afterglow a very long time." CBS carried a memorial program, which included a rare on-camera appearance by Paley. After Murrow's death, the Edward R. Murrow Center of Public Diplomacy was established at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Murrow's library and selected artifacts are housed in the Murrow Memorial Reading Room that also serves as a special seminar classroom and meeting room for Fletcher activities. Murrow's papers are available for research at the Digital Collections and Archives at Tufts, which has a website for the collection and makes many of the digitized papers available through the Tufts Digital Library. The center awards Murrow fellowships to mid-career professionals who engage in research at Fletcher, ranging from the impact of the "new world information order" debate in the international media during the 1970s and 1980s to, currently, telecommunications policies and regulation. Many distinguished journalists, diplomats, and policymakers have spent time at the center, among them the late David Halberstam, who worked on his Pulitzer Prize–winning book, The Best and the Brightest, as a writer-in-residence in the early 1970s. Veteran journalist Crocker Snow, Jr. was named director of the Murrow Center in 2005.
  • 1964
    Age 55
    Asked to stay on by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Murrow did so but resigned in early 1964, citing illness.
    More Details Hide Details Before his departure, his last recommendation was of Barry Zorthian to be chief spokesman for the U.S. government in Saigon, Vietnam. Murrow's celebrity gave the agency a higher profile, which may have helped it earn more funds from Congress. His transfer to a governmental position – Murrow was a member of the National Security Council, a position for life – led to an embarrassing incident shortly after taking the job; he asked the BBC not to show his documentary "Harvest of Shame," in order to not damage the European view of the USA; however, the BBC refused as it had bought the program in good faith. British newspapers delighted in the irony of the situation, with one Daily Sketch writer saying: "if Murrow builds up America as skillfully as he tore it to pieces last night, the propaganda war is as good as won."
  • 1961
    Age 52
    Murrow resigned from CBS to accept a position as head of the United States Information Agency, parent of the Voice of America, in January 1961.
    More Details Hide Details President John F. Kennedy offered Murrow the position, which he viewed as "a timely gift." CBS president Frank Stanton had reportedly been offered the job but declined, suggesting that Murrow be offered the job. His appointment as head of the United States Information Agency was seen as a vote of confidence in the agency, which provided the official views of the government to the public in other nations. The USIA had been under fire during the McCarthy era, and Murrow brought back at least one of McCarthy's targets, Reed Harris. Murrow insisted on a high level of presidential access, telling Kennedy, "If you want me in on the landings, I'd better be there for the takeoffs." However, the early effects of cancer kept him from taking an active role in the Bay of Pigs Invasion planning. He did advise the president during the Cuban Missile Crisis but was ill at the time the president was assassinated. Murrow was drawn into Vietnam because the USIA was assigned to convince reporters in Saigon that the government of Ngo Dinh Diem embodied the hopes and dreams of the Vietnamese people. Murrow knew the Diem government did no such thing.
  • 1959
    Age 50
    After contributing to the first episode of the documentary series CBS Reports, Murrow, increasingly under physical stress due to his conflicts and frustration with CBS, took a sabbatical from summer 1959 to mid-1960, though he continued to work on CBS Reports and Small World during this period.
    More Details Hide Details Friendly, executive producer of CBS Reports, wanted the network to allow Murrow to again be his co-producer after the sabbatical, but he was eventually turned down. Murrow's last major TV milestone was reporting and narrating the CBS Reports installment "Harvest of Shame", a report on the plight of migrant farm workers in the United States. Directed by Friendly and produced by David Lowe, it ran in November 1960, just after Thanksgiving.
  • FORTIES
  • 1958
    Age 49
    Three months later, on October 15, 1958, in a speech before the Radio and Television News Directors Association in Chicago, Murrow blasted TV's emphasis on entertainment and commercialism at the expense of public interest in his "wires and lights" speech:
    More Details Hide Details During the daily peak viewing periods, television in the main insulates us from the realities of the world in which we live. If this state of affairs continues, we may alter an advertising slogan to read: Look now, pay later. The harsh tone of the Chicago speech seriously damaged Murrow's friendship with Paley, who felt Murrow was biting the hand that fed him. Before his death, Friendly said that the RTNDA (now RTDNA) address did more than the McCarthy show to break the relationship between the CBS boss and his most respected journalist.
    Murrow's reporting brought him into repeated conflicts with CBS, especially its chairman Bill Paley, which Friendly summarized in his book Due to Circumstances Beyond our Control. See It Now ended entirely in the summer of 1958 after a clash in Paley's office.
    More Details Hide Details Murrow had complained to Paley he could not continue doing the show if the network repeatedly provided (without consulting Murrow) equal time to subjects who felt wronged by the program. According to Friendly, Murrow asked Paley if he was going to destroy See It Now, into which the CBS chief executive had invested so much. Paley replied that he did not want a constant stomach ache every time Murrow covered a controversial subject. See It Nows final broadcast, "Watch on the Ruhr" (covering postwar Germany), aired July 7, 1958.
    Beginning in 1958, Murrow hosted a talk show entitled Small World that brought together political figures for one-to-one debates.
    More Details Hide Details In January 1959, he appeared on WGBH's The Press and the People with Louis Lyons, discussing the responsibilities of television journalism. Murrow appeared as himself in a cameo in the British film production of Sink the Bismarck! in 1960, recreating some of the wartime broadcasts he did from London for CBS. On September 16, 1962, he introduced educational television to New York City via the maiden broadcast of WNDT, which became WNET.
  • 1956
    Age 47
    In 1956, Murrow took time to appear as the on-screen narrator of a special prologue for Michael Todd's epic production, Around the World in 80 Days.
    More Details Hide Details Although the prologue was generally omitted on telecasts of the film, it was included in home video releases.
  • 1954
    Age 45
    On March 9, 1954, Murrow, Friendly, and their news team produced a half-hour See It Now special titled "A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy".
    More Details Hide Details Murrow had considered making such a broadcast since See It Now debuted and was encouraged to by multiple colleagues including Bill Downs. However, Friendly wanted to wait for the right time to do so. Murrow used excerpts from McCarthy's own speeches and proclamations to criticize the senator and point out episodes where he had contradicted himself. Murrow and Friendly paid for their own newspaper advertisement for the program; they were not allowed to use CBS's money for the publicity campaign or even use the CBS logo. The broadcast contributed to a nationwide backlash against McCarthy and is seen as a turning point in the history of television. It provoked tens of thousands of letters, telegrams, and phone calls to CBS headquarters, running 15 to 1 in favor. In a retrospective produced for Biography, Friendly noted how truck drivers pulled up to Murrow on the street in subsequent days and shouted "Good show, Ed."
  • 1953
    Age 44
    In 1953, Murrow launched a second weekly TV show, a series of celebrity interviews entitled Person to Person.
    More Details Hide Details See It Now focused on a number of controversial issues in the 1950s, but it is best remembered as the show that criticized McCarthyism and the Red Scare, contributing, if not leading, to the political downfall of Senator Joseph McCarthy. McCarthy had previously commended Murrow for his fairness in reporting.
  • 1952
    Age 43
    In 1952, Murrow narrated the political documentary Alliance for Peace, an information vehicle for the newly formed SHAPE detailing the effects of the Marshall Plan upon a war-torn Europe.
    More Details Hide Details Written by William Templeton and produced by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.
  • 1950
    Age 41
    Another contributing element to Murrow's career decline was the rise of a new crop of television journalists. Walter Cronkite's arrival at CBS in 1950 marked the beginning of a major rivalry which continued until Murrow resigned from the network in 1961.
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    In 1950 the records evolved into a weekly CBS Radio show, Hear It Now, hosted by Murrow and co-produced by Murrow and Friendly.
    More Details Hide Details As the 1950s began, Murrow began his television career by appearing in editorial "tailpieces" on the CBS Evening News and in the coverage of special events. This came despite his own misgivings about the new medium and its emphasis on pictures rather than ideas. On November 18, 1951, Hear It Now moved to television and was re-christened See It Now. In the first episode, Murrow explained: "This is an old team, trying to learn a new trade."
    In 1950, he narrated a half-hour radio documentary called "The Case of the Flying Saucer."
    More Details Hide Details It offered a balanced look at UFOs, a subject of widespread interest at the time. Murrow interviewed both Kenneth Arnold and astronomer Donald Menzel. From 1951 to 1955, Murrow was the host of This I Believe, which offered ordinary people the opportunity to speak for five minutes on radio. He continued to present daily radio news reports on the CBS Radio Network until 1959. He also recorded a series of narrated "historical albums" for Columbia Records called I Can Hear It Now, which inaugurated his partnership with producer Fred W. Friendly.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1947
    Age 38
    Murrow returned to the air in September 1947, taking over the nightly 7:45 p.m.
    More Details Hide Details ET newscast sponsored by Campbell's Soup and anchored by his old friend and announcing coach Bob Trout. For the next several years Murrow focused on radio, and in addition to news reports he produced special presentations for CBS News Radio.
    During Murrow's tenure as vice president, his relationship with Shirer ended in 1947 in one of the great confrontations of American broadcast journalism, when Shirer was fired by CBS.
    More Details Hide Details He said he resigned in the heat of an interview at the time, but was actually terminated. The dispute began when J.B. Williams, maker of shaving soap, withdrew its sponsorship of Shirer's Sunday news show. CBS, of which Murrow was then vice president for public affairs, decided to "move in a new direction," hired a new host, and let Shirer go. There are different versions of these events; Shirer's was not made public until 1990. Shirer contended that the root of his troubles was the network and sponsor not standing by him because of his comments critical of the Truman Doctrine, as well as other comments that were considered outside of the mainstream. Shirer and his supporters felt he was being muzzled because of his views. Meanwhile, Murrow, and even some of Murrow's Boys, felt that Shirer was coasting on his high reputation and not working hard enough to bolster his analyses with his own research. Murrow and Shirer never regained their close friendship.
  • 1945
    Age 36
    In December 1945 Murrow reluctantly accepted Paley's offer to become a vice president of the network and head of CBS News, and made his last news report from London in March 1946.
    More Details Hide Details His presence and personality shaped the newsroom. After the war, he maintained close friendships with his previous hires, including members of the Murrow Boys. Younger colleagues at CBS became resentful toward this, viewing it as preferential treatment, and formed the "Murrow Isn't God Club." The club disbanded when Murrow asked if he could join.
    On April 12, 1945, Murrow and Bill Shadel were the first reporters at the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
    More Details Hide Details He met emaciated survivors including Petr Zenkl, children with identification tattoos, and "bodies stacked up like cordwood" in the crematorium. In his report three days later, Murrow said:
  • 1944
    Age 35
    Murrow held a grudge dating back to 1944, when Cronkite turned down his offer to head the CBS Moscow bureau.
    More Details Hide Details With the Murrow Boys dominating the newsroom, Cronkite felt like an outsider soon after joining the network. Over time, as Murrow's career seemed on the decline and Cronkite's on the rise, the two found it increasingly difficult to work together. Cronkite's demeanor was similar to reporters Murrow had hired; the difference being that Murrow viewed the Murrow Boys as satellites rather than potential rivals, as Cronkite seemed to be. Throughout the 1950s the two got into heated arguments stoked in part by their professional rivalry. At a dinner party hosted by Bill Downs at his home in Bethesda, Cronkite and Murrow argued over the role of sponsors, which Cronkite accepted as necessary and said "paid the rent." Murrow, who had long despised sponsors despite also relying on them, responded angrily. In another instance, an argument devolved into a "duel" in which the two drunkenly took a pair of antique dueling pistols and pretended to shoot at each other. Despite this, Cronkite went on to have a long career as an anchor at CBS.
  • 1943
    Age 34
    Murrow so closely cooperated with the British that in 1943 Winston Churchill offered to make him joint director-general of the BBC, in charge of programming.
    More Details Hide Details Although he declined the job, during the war Murrow did fall in love with Churchill's daughter-in-law, Pamela, whose other American lovers included Averell Harriman, whom she married many years later. Pamela wanted Murrow to marry her, and he considered it; however, after his wife gave birth to their only child, Casey, he ended the affair. After the war, Murrow recruited journalists such as Alexander Kendrick, David Schoenbrun, Daniel Schorr and Robert Pierpoint into the circle of the Boys, as a virtual "second generation", though the track record of the original wartime crew set it apart.
  • 1941
    Age 32
    When Murrow returned to the U.S. in 1941, CBS hosted a dinner in his honor on December 2 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. 1,100 guests attended the dinner, which the network broadcast.
    More Details Hide Details Franklin D. Roosevelt sent a welcome-back telegram, which was read at the dinner, and Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish gave an encomium that commented on the power and intimacy of Murrow's wartime dispatches. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor occurred less than a week after this speech, and the U.S. entered the war as a combatant on the Allied side. Murrow flew on 25 Allied combat missions in Europe during the war, providing additional reports from the planes as they droned on over Europe (recorded for delayed broadcast). Murrow's skill at improvising vivid descriptions of what was going on around or below him, derived in part from his college training in speech, aided the effectiveness of his radio broadcasts. As hostilities expanded, Murrow expanded CBS News in London into what Harrison Salisbury described as "the finest news staff anybody had ever put together in Europe". The result was a group of reporters acclaimed for their intellect and descriptive power, including Eric Sevareid, Charles Collingwood, Howard K. Smith, Mary Marvin Breckinridge, Cecil Brown, Richard C. Hottelet, Bill Downs, Winston Burdett, Charles Shaw, Ned Calmer, and Larry LeSueur. Many of them, Shirer included, were later dubbed "Murrow's Boys"—despite Breckinridge being a woman. In 1944, Murrow sought Walter Cronkite to take over for Bill Downs at the CBS Moscow bureau. Cronkite initially accepted, but after receiving a better offer from his current employer, the United Press, he turned down the offer.
  • 1940
    Age 31
    So, at the end of one 1940 broadcast, Murrow ended his segment with "Good night, and good luck."
    More Details Hide Details Speech teacher Anderson insisted he stick with it, and another Murrow catchphrase was born.
    During the following year, leading up to the outbreak of World War II, Murrow continued to be based in London. William Shirer's reporting from Berlin brought him national acclaim, and a commentator's position with CBS News upon his return to the United States in December 1940. (Shirer would describe his Berlin experiences in his best-selling 1941 book Berlin Diary.) When the war broke out in September 1939, Murrow stayed in London, and later provided live radio broadcasts during the height of the Blitz in London After Dark.
    More Details Hide Details These broadcasts electrified radio audiences as news programming never had: previous war coverage had mostly been provided by newspaper reports, along with newsreels seen in movie theaters; earlier radio news programs had simply featured an announcer in a studio reading wire service reports. Murrow's reports, especially during the Blitz, began with what became his signature opening, "This is London," delivered with his vocal emphasis on the word this, followed by the hint of a pause before the rest of the phrase. His former speech teacher, Ida Lou Anderson, suggested the opening as a more concise alternative to the one he had inherited from his predecessor at CBS Europe, Cesar Saerchinger: "Hello America. This is London calling." Murrow's phrase became synonymous with the newscaster and his network. Murrow achieved great celebrity status as a result of his war reports. They led to his second famous catchphrase. At the end of 1940, with every night's German bombing raid, Londoners who might not necessarily see each other the next morning often closed their conversations with "good night, and good luck." The future British monarch, Princess Elizabeth, said as much to the Western world in a live radio address at the end of the year, when she said "good night, and good luck to you all".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1938
    Age 29
    In September 1938, Murrow and Shirer were regular participants in CBS's coverage of the crisis over the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia, which Hitler coveted for Germany and eventually won in the Munich Agreement.
    More Details Hide Details Their incisive reporting heightened the American appetite for radio news, with listeners regularly waiting for Murrow's shortwave broadcasts, introduced by analyst H. V. Kaltenborn in New York saying, "Calling Ed Murrow... come in Ed Murrow."
    Murrow gained his first glimpse of fame during the March 1938 Anschluss, in which Adolf Hitler engineered the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany.
    More Details Hide Details While Murrow was in Poland arranging a broadcast of children's choruses, he got word from Shirer of the annexation—and the fact that Shirer could not get the story out through Austrian state radio facilities. Murrow immediately sent Shirer to London, where he delivered an uncensored, eyewitness account of the Anschluss. Murrow then chartered the only transportation available, a 23-passenger plane, to fly from Warsaw to Vienna so he could take over for Shirer. At the request of CBS management in New York, Murrow and Shirer put together a European News Roundup of reaction to the Anschluss, which brought correspondents from various European cities together for a single broadcast. On March 13, 1938, the special was broadcast, hosted by Bob Trout in New York, including Shirer in London (with Labour MP Ellen Wilkinson), reporter Edgar Ansel Mowrer of the Chicago Daily News in Paris, reporter Pierre J. Huss of the International News Service in Berlin, and Senator Lewis B. Schwellenbach in Washington, D.C. Reporter Frank Gervasi, in Rome, was unable to find a transmitter to broadcast reaction from the Italian capital, but phoned his script to Shirer in London, who read it on the air. Murrow reported live from Vienna, in the first on-the-scene news report of his career: "This is Edward Murrow speaking from Vienna. It's now nearly 2:30 in the morning, and Herr Hitler has not yet arrived."
  • 1937
    Age 28
    In 1937, Murrow hired journalist William L. Shirer, and assigned him to a similar post on the continent.
    More Details Hide Details This marked the beginning of the "Murrow Boys" team of war reporters.
    Murrow went to London in 1937 to serve as the director of CBS's European operations.
    More Details Hide Details The position did not involve on-air reporting; his job was persuading European figures to broadcast over the CBS network, which was in direct competition with NBC's two radio networks. During this time, he made frequent trips around Europe.
  • 1935
    Age 26
    Murrow joined CBS as director of talks and education in 1935 and remained with the network for his entire career.
    More Details Hide Details CBS did not have news staff when Murrow joined, save for announcer Bob Trout. Murrow's job was to line up newsmakers who would appear on the network to talk about the issues of the day. But the onetime Washington State speech major was intrigued by Trout's on-air delivery, and Trout gave Murrow tips on how to communicate effectively on radio.
    He married Janet Huntington Brewster on March 12, 1935.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Charles Casey Murrow, was born in the west of London on November 6, 1945.
  • 1932
    Age 23
    Murrow was assistant director of the Institute of International Education from 1932 to 1935 and served as assistant secretary of the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars, which helped prominent German scholars who had been dismissed from academic positions.
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  • 1930
    Age 21
    After earning his bachelor's degree in 1930, he moved back east to New York.
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  • 1929
    Age 20
    In 1929, while attending the annual convention of the National Student Federation of America, Murrow gave a speech urging college students to become more interested in national and world affairs; this led to his election as president of the federation.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1926
    Age 17
    After graduation from high school in 1926, Murrow enrolled at Washington State College (now Washington State University) across the state in Pullman, and eventually majored in speech.
    More Details Hide Details A member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, he was also active in college politics. By his teen years, Murrow went by the nickname "Ed" and during his second year of college, he changed his name from Egbert to Edward.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1908
    Born
    Born on April 25, 1908.
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