Roger Mudd

Television News Reporter and Anchor
Born Feb 9, 1928

Roger Mudd is a U.S. television journalist and broadcaster, most recently as the primary anchor for The History Channel. Previously, Mudd was weekend and weekday substitute anchor of CBS Evening News, co-anchor of the weekday NBC Nightly News, and hosted NBC's Meet the Press, and NBC's American Almanac television newsmagazine. Mudd is the recipient of the Peabody Award, the Joan Shorenstein Award for Distinguished Washington Reporting, and five Emmy Awards.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born in 1928.


1950 22 Years Old Roger Mudd received a B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1950 (where one of his classmates was author Tom Wolfe) and a Master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1953. … Read More
1953 25 Years Old 1 More Event
He began his journalism career in Richmond, Virginia as a reporter for The Richmond News Leader and for radio station WRNL. At the News Leader, he worked at the rewrite desk during spring 1953 and became a summer replacement on June 15 that year.
1954 26 Years Old In the fall of 1954, Mudd enrolled in the University of Richmond School of Law but dropped out after a semester. … Read More
1956 28 Years Old In the fall of 1956, Mudd hosted the first newscast he wrote independently, WTOP's 6 p.m. newscast that included a weekly commentary piece, all without "the constraints of the wire service vocabulary".
1957 29 Years Old Mudd produced a half-hour TV documentary in summer 1957 advocating the need for a third airport in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area. … Read More


1959 31 Years Old WTOP replaced Don Richards with Mudd for its 11 p.m. newscast in March 1959. … Read More
1961 33 Years Old Mudd quickly came to the attention of CBS News and moved "downstairs" to join the Washington bureau on May 31, 1961. … Read More
1963 35 Years Old On November 13, 1963, CBS broadcast documentary Case History of a Rumor, in which Mudd interviewed Rep. … Read More
1964 36 Years Old Mudd also covered numerous political campaigns. He was paired with co-anchor Robert Trout in the 1964 political convention anchor booth, temporarily displacing Walter Cronkite, in an unsuccessful attempt to match the popular NBC Huntley - Brinkley anchor team.


1968 40 Years Old He covered the 1968 Presidential campaign of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles when Kennedy was shot on June 5, 1968.
1971 43 Years Old Mudd hosted the seminal documentary The Selling of the Pentagon in 1971. … Read More


1979 - 1980 2 More Events
1982 54 Years Old He co-anchored NBC Nightly News from April 1982 until September 1983, when Tom Brokaw took over as sole anchor.
1984 56 Years Old From 1984 to 1985, he was co-moderator of NBC's Meet the Press with Marvin Kalb, and later served as co-anchor with Connie Chung on two NBC news magazines, American Almanac and 1986.
1987 59 Years Old From 1987 to 1992, Mudd was an essayist and political correspondent with the MacNeil - Lehrer Newshour on PBS.


1992 - 2004 2 More Events
2008 80 Years Old Mudd's memoir, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News, was released on March 24, 2008.
2010 82 Years Old In December 2010 he donated $4 million to Washington and Lee, his alma mater, to establish a center for the study of professional ethics and to endow a professorship in ethics. … Read More
2011 83 Years Old Mudd was married to the former E. J. Spears of Richmond, Virginia, who died in 2011. … Read More
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