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 on February 9, 1928.


1950 22 Years Old Roger Mudd received a B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University in 1950 – where one of his classmates was author Tom Wolfe – and an M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1953. … Read More
1953 25 Years Old 1 More Event
Mudd 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 he dropped out after one semester. … Read More
1956 28 Years Old During the fall of 1956, Mudd hosted the first newscast he wrote WTOP's 6:00 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.
1961 33 Years Old CBS News was located on the third floor of WTOP's studios at 40th and Brandywine in northwestern Washington, D.C. 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 1 More Event
During the Civil Rights Movement, Mudd anchored the August 28, 1963 coverage of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom for CBS.
1964 36 Years Old Mudd also covered numerous political campaigns. He was paired with CBS journalist Robert Trout for the August 1964 Democratic National Convention anchor booth, temporarily displacing Walter Cronkite, in an unsuccessful attempt to match the popular NBC Chet Huntley–David Brinkley anchor team.


1968 40 Years Old Mudd covered the 1968 Presidential campaign of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and interviewed him at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles only minutes before Kennedy was murdered on June 5, 1968.
1971 43 Years Old Mudd hosted the seminal documentary The Selling of the Pentagon in 1971. … Read More


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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, Mudd was the co-moderator of the NBC Meet the Press program with Marvin Kalb, and later he served as the 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 64 Years Old He was a visiting professor at Princeton University and Washington and Lee University from 1992 to 1996. … Read More
2004 76 Years Old Mudd retired from full-time broadcasting in 2004, yet remains involved with documentaries for The History Channel.
2008 80 Years Old Mudd's memoirs, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News, was published on March 24, 2008. … Read More
2010 82 Years Old On December 10, 2010, Roger Mudd donated $4 million to his alma mater, Washington and Lee University, to establish the Roger Mudd Center for the Study of Professional Ethics and to endow a Roger Mudd Professorship in Ethics. "For 60 years," he said, "I've been waiting for a chance to acknowledge Washington and Lee's gifts to me. … Read More
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