Roger Mudd
American television news reporter and anchor
Roger Mudd
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.
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Video: Watch: CBS News original Special Report coverage of the March on Washington
CBS News - over 3 years
CBS News anchor Roger Mudd introduces the network's coverage of the March on Washington, August 28, 1963, shows the route, and explains the purpose of the march. Correspondent Dave Dugan also reports on his interactions with participants.
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Denzel To Narrate New Documentary
Huffington Post - over 3 years
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Denzel Washington will narrate a PBS documentary about the 1963 March on Washington for civil rights. The network told the Television Critics Association on Monday that the actor had just completed taping his narration for the film "The March" airing Aug. 27, a day after the 50th anniversary of the march that featured Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech. The film includes march participants Clarence Jones, a King aide; Joyce Ladner, field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee; and Clayborne Carson, a Stanford history professor. Roger Mudd, who anchored CBS' dawn-to-dusk coverage of the march, will share his recollections.
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Reese Schonfeld: What, the Department of Justice Actually Subpoenaed Reporter's Records... I'm Shocked, Shocked!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
More than 45 years ago, when Lyndon Johnson inhabited the White House and scared the hell out of "leakers," Senator John Stennis leaked a story to CBS. It seems that Robert McNamara, then secretary of defense was proposing the construction of an electronic fence along the border between North and South Vietnam. Stennis thought it was a damn fool idea, but he also knew that if he went public with the story LBJ would never forgive him and Stennis would pay a heavy price. So he leaked the story to Roger Mudd's producer, Sylvia Westerman, who promised Stennis that she would do her best to protect him. Westerman took the story to her boss to the head of the CBS Washington Bureau, Bill Small, and between the two of them they figured out that if they gave the story to Dan Rather, who then covered the White House for CBS, Johnson would think the leak came out of the White House and Stennis would be safe. They were right. Rather broke the story, LBJ went nuts. He was certain that s ...
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Reese Schonfeld: LBJ, Two Stories
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
It would be a colossal bit of hubris to suggest that Robert Caro needs any help from me in researching Lyndon Johnson's presidency from 1964-68, but I have two good stories about that period, and I'd like to get them on Huffington before the book comes out. I heard the first story from a Johnson aide during that period: He and Joe Califano were often asked for advice by President Johnson. At the time, Harry McPherson, a brilliant young Texan, was serving as LBJ's special assistant and counsel and later as special counsel, but Lyndon seldom asked him for his advice. My friend, the Johnson aide, and Califano, once asked the president why he rarely asked council from his special counsel. Johnson replied "Oh, Harry will only tell me the right thing to do, and I already know that." My friend suggested that McPherson represented the best side of the president, while his Chief of Staff, Marvin Watson, a tough political operative, reflected his worst side. The second story came ...
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Is Mitt’s Fox debacle his Roger Mudd moment?
Salon.com - about 5 years
Read this story at http://www.salon.com/2011/12/01/is_mitts_fox_debacle_his_roger_mudd_moment/ Continue Reading...
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Remembering the Overthrow of Gorbachev, 20 Years Later - PBS NewsHour
Google News - over 5 years
JEFFREY BROWN: Then-NewsHour correspondent Roger Mudd identified the men behind the coup, who were strangers to most Americans. ROGER MUDD: Instead of the single charismatic Gorbachev the world had become accustomed to over the past six years,
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Community gathers to commemorate the auditorium at Victoria College - Victoria Advocate
Google News - over 5 years
Notable Lyceum speakers at the Victoria College Fine Arts Auditorium included CBS correspondent Roger Mudd, PBS anchor Jim Lehrer, Pulitzer Prize winner Alex Haley, actor Charlton Heston, author Elizabeth Gilbert, North Carolina Sen
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Show Guide: 'NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams' - AllYourTV.com
Google News - over 5 years
Previous NBC News anchors have included John Cameron Swayze, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley, Frank McGee, John Chancellor, Roger Mudd and Tom Brokaw. NBC Nightly News has award-winning correspondents stationed in bureaus throughout the country and all
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Democrats Thinking About Hillary - RushLimbaugh.com (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Ted Kennedy's problem was Roger Mudd of CBS News did an interview and said, "Why do you want to be president?" and Kennedy couldn't say anything other than Chappaquiddick, "B'duh, b'duh, b'duh, Chappaquiddick." He couldn't answer it, so he blew his
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Documentary Highlights The Civil War Through A Familiar Voice - Leesburg Today
Google News - over 5 years
Broadcast journalism veteran Roger Mudd narrates for a Civil War documentary produced by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority as Tommy Gamble, cameraman with Fairfax County records. Posted: Friday, July 22, 2011 4:09 pm | Updated: 4:22 pm,
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Walter L. Cronkite Jr. 1916-2009 - Palisades Hudson Financial Group
Google News - over 5 years
CBS made a terrible mistake when it selected Dan Rather instead of Roger Mudd to succeed Cronkite. Rather already had shown too great a tendency to insert himself in his stories. He drew attention by reporting from the Galveston oceanfront in the 1960s
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The Deep Dish Debate - American Thinker
Google News - over 5 years
CBS's almost Anchorman, Roger Mudd, years ago let the cat out of the bag. He told us: We in the media cannot tell you what to think, but we can tell you what to think about. This side of the Berlin Wall, we could hardly find a better
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AREA DEATHS - Delmarva Now
Google News - over 5 years
Among her classmates were Virginia Senator John Warren, newscaster Roger Mudd, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, financier Warren Buffet and actor George Gizzard. Nancy graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and
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E.J. Mudd, talented wife of newsman Roger Mudd, dies at 86 - Richmond Times Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
Emma Jean "EJ" Spears Mudd and Roger Mudd were married Oct. 26, 1957 and had four children toegther. By RANDY HALLMAN | Richmond Times-Dispatch She was a Foreign Service officer and worked as a translator. Her good looks once landed her an appearance
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The List: Notable news broadcasters - Washington Times
Google News - over 5 years
He anchored “Today” from 1976 to 1981 and began his “NBC Nightly News” run in April 1982, sharing the anchor title with Roger Mudd. Diane Sawyer: The former 5-foot-9 beauty queen once worked for Richard M. Nixon. She began her career as a weather girl
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Generous Virginians Project - Virginia Business Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Veteran television journalist Roger Mudd last year donated $4 million to his alma mater, Washington & Lee University, to make it a national leader in the study of ethics. The gift is his way of furthering the influence of W&L's honor code,
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Tim Pawlenty to Announce for President Monday, But He's Not Sure Why - American Spectator (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
On the one hand, it's not quite as damaging as Ted Kennedy's Roger Mudd moment in 1980, because he doesn't betray a sense of entitlement to the office. His humility is almost endearing, and there are good arguments for entrusting power to someone who
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The Horse Race for This Week - RedState
Google News - almost 6 years
I don't think we've seen such a terrible entry into a Presidential Primary since Ted Kennedy failed to answer Roger Mudd's question, “Why are you running for President?” The statements on Sunday's Meet the Press and the subsequent retreat have signaled
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Former CBS reporter gives back to local Alma Mater - WDBJ7.com
Google News - almost 6 years
Former CBS News Correspondent Roger Mudd has given $4 Million to establish a center for the study of professional ethics at Washington & Lee University. The veteran newsman says he wanted to put his alma mater “at the forefront of the whole concept of
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Roger Mudd
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2010
    Age 82
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Given the state of ethics in our current culture, this seems a fitting time to endow a center for the study of ethics, and my university is its fitting home."
  • 2008
    Age 80
    Mudd's memoirs, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News, was published on March 24, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Mudd resides in McLean, Virginia. He was married to the former E. J. Spears of Richmond, Virginia, who died in 2011. They had three sons and a daughter: Daniel, the former CEO of Fortress Investment Group LLC and the former CEO of Fannie Mae, the singer and songwriter Jonathan Mudd, the author Maria Mudd Ruth, and Matthew Mudd. He has eleven grandchildren. His family is indirectly related to Samuel Mudd, the doctor who was imprisoned for aiding and conspiring with John Wilkes Booth after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Mudd has been active as a Trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, with which he helped to establish its popular "Ethics Bowl," featuring student teams from Virginia's private colleges debating real-life cases involving ethical dilemmas. He is also a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery.
  • 2004
    Age 76
    Mudd retired from full-time broadcasting in 2004, yet remains involved with documentaries for The History Channel.
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  • 1992
    Age 64
    He was a visiting professor at Princeton University and Washington and Lee University from 1992 to 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Mudd was also a primary anchor for over ten years with The History Channel, where many of his programs are still repeated in reruns.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 59
    From 1987 to 1992, Mudd was an essayist and political correspondent with the MacNeil–Lehrer Newshour on PBS.
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  • 1984
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 54
    He co-anchored NBC Nightly News from April 1982 until September 1983, when Tom Brokaw took over as sole anchor.
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  • 1980
    Age 52
    In 1980, Mudd and Dan Rather were in contention to succeed Walter Cronkite as the weeknight anchor of the CBS Evening News.
    More Details Hide Details Mudd was offered a co-anchor role but turned down the job, which was awarded to Rather. Mudd chose to leave CBS News and he accepted an offer to join NBC News.
  • 1979
    Age 51
    Mudd is often remembered for an interview he conducted with Senator Ted Kennedy for a CBS Reports special on November 4, 1979, Teddy, telecast three days before Kennedy announced his challenge to President Jimmy Carter for the 1980 Democratic Presidential nomination.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to questioning Kennedy about the Chappaquiddick incident, Mudd asked, "Senator, why do you want to be President?" Kennedy's stammering answer which has been described as "incoherent and repetitive" as well as "vague, unprepared" raised serious questions about his motivation in seeking the office, and marked the beginning of the sharp decline in Kennedy's poll numbers. Carter defeated Kennedy 50 percent to 38 percent in the Democratic primary vote. Although the Kennedy family refused to permit any further interviews by Mudd, the interview helped strengthen Mudd's reputation as a leading political reporter. Broadcaster and blogger Hugh Hewitt and Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson have used the term "Roger Mudd moment" to describe a self-inflicted disastrous encounter with the press by a presidential candidate.
  • FORTIES
  • 1971
    Age 43
    Mudd hosted the seminal documentary The Selling of the Pentagon in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details He was a candidate to succeed Walter Cronkite as anchor of the CBS Evening News. Despite substantial support for Mudd within the ranks of CBS News, network management gave the position to Dan Rather after the longtime White House and 60 Minutes correspondent threatened to leave the network for ABC News.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1968
    Age 40
    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.
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  • 1964
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1963
    Age 35
    On November 13, 1963, CBS-TV broadcast the documentary Case History of a Rumor, in which Mudd interviewed Rep.
    More Details Hide Details James Utt, a Republican of Santa Ana, California, about a rumor that Utt spread about Africans who were supposedly working with the United Nations to take over the United States. Utt sued CBS-TV in U.S. Federal Court for libel, but the court dismissed the case.
    During the Civil Rights Movement, Mudd anchored the August 28, 1963 coverage of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom for CBS.
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  • 1961
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details For most of his career at CBS, Mudd was a Congressional correspondent. Mudd was also the anchor of the Saturday edition of CBS Evening News and he frequently substituted on the weeknight broadcasts when the anchorman Walter Cronkite was on vacation or working on special assignments.
  • 1959
    Age 31
    WTOP replaced Don Richards with Mudd for its 11 p.m. newscast in March 1959.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 29
    Mudd produced a half-hour TV documentary in summer 1957 advocating the need for a third airport in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area.
    More Details Hide Details In September that year, Mudd conducted his first live TV studio interview. The interview was with Dorothy Counts, a black teenage girl who suffered racial harassment at her all-white high school in Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • 1956
    Age 28
    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".
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  • 1954
    Age 26
    In the fall of 1954, Mudd enrolled in the University of Richmond School of Law but he dropped out after one semester.
    More Details Hide Details In the late 1950s, Mudd moved to Washington, D.C., to become a reporter with WTOP News, the news division of the radio and television stations owned by Post-Newsweek. Although WTOP News was a local news department, it covered many national stories. At first Mudd did the 6:00 a.m. newscast for WTOP and he did local news segments on the local TV program Potomac Panorama.
  • 1953
    Age 25
    The News Leader ran its first story with a Mudd byline on June 19, 1953.
    More Details Hide Details At WRNL radio, Mudd did the daily noon newscast. In his memoir The Place to Be, Mudd describes an incident from his first day at WRNL in which he laughed hysterically on-air after mangling a news item about the declining health of Pope Pius XII. Because Mudd failed to silence his microphone properly, an engineer intervened. WRNL later gave Mudd his own daily broadcast, Virginia Headlines.
    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.
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  • 1950
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Mudd is a member of Delta Tau Delta international fraternity.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1928
    Age 0
    Born on February 9, 1928.
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