Stephen Talbot
American journalist
Stephen Talbot
Stephen Henderson Talbot is an award-winning TV reporter, writer, and documentary producer who began his career as a television child actor of the late 1950s and early 1960s. He is the son of actor Lyle Talbot. He is best known for the early TV sit-com Leave It to Beaver, in which he had the semi-regular role as Gilbert Bates, best friend of Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver.
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Eastern Experience - Mail Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
The East squad includes two members from the 4A state champion Baker squad: quarterback Jesse Brown, who was voted the classification's offensive player of the year, and running back Stephen Talbot, the Greater Oregon League player of the year and a
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The Price of Sex - Variety
Google News - over 5 years
Executive producer, Stephen Talbot. Directed, written by Mimi Chakarova. With: Mimi Chakarova. (English, Moldovan, Romanian, Turkish dialogue.) Fearlessly researched and undeniably urgent, "The Price of Sex" overcomes the listless narration of
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'Devil Dogs' inspire future Marine Genevieve Halvorsen - Mason City Globe Gazette
Google News - almost 6 years
“We are glad to say that we stand here faithfully,” said trombonist Staff Sgt. Stephen Talbot, leading the band into a majestic version of Journey's “Faithfully.” They play jazz, rock, swing and funk to connect generations and promote music education,
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Tournament in tribute to Paul Garland - Salisbury Journal
Google News - almost 6 years
Any money raised from the event will be placed in Mr Garland's trust fund and will go to a charity of his family's choice. The event is open to everyone and admission is free. Larkhill soldier Daryl Stephen Talbot, 21, denied murdering Mr Garland when
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Selling History With '50s Pulp Pow and Punch
NYTimes - over 6 years
The rendezvous was set for 2 p.m. sharp at Cafe Sabarsky on the teeming island metropolis of Manhattan. This Old World outpost was dark and silent as a tomb -- except for the music, lively chatter and oversize windows. Near the bar sat a white-haired gentleman in black and a vivacious blonde with a slash of blood-red lipstick. On the table in front
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Spinners, Spinnees and Echoes of Watergate
NYTimes - about 10 years
It's fair to say that the relationship between the press and the Bush White House has often been one of mutual suspicion and sometimes outright hostility. And the administration and its allies have at times been outspoken in their belief that the mainstream press was biased against it. But as evidenced by the ''Frontline'' four-part series ''News
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TELEVISION REVIEW; At Home With the Olmerts in Israel's Corridors of Power
NYTimes - almost 11 years
In a new installment of ''Frontline/World,'' Israel's acting prime minister, Ehud Olmert, and his wife recall the January night that their home became a kind of fortress, guarded by government agents and gawked at by reporters and onlookers. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon had suffered a stroke from which he has yet to recover, and succession plans
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TELEVISION REVIEW; In Iraq, a Search So Grim That Corpses Are a Hoped-for Prize
NYTimes - about 11 years
There's so much driving in ''Saddam's Road to Hell,'' a Frontline documentary tonight on PBS, and so much of it is in the colorless desert of Iraq, that the program induces a kind of highway hypnosis. It's uncomfortable. The film is a quest, one that sets up longing and frustration in the viewer; you half hope to see a mirage. A green oasis or a
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TELEVISION REVIEW; Trouble Spots Where Hope May Have A Foothold
NYTimes - almost 12 years
Two 30-minute back-to-back dispatches from Lebanon and Liberia tonight on PBS document some actual optimism, a strain of good vibes rarely recorded in urgent public-broadcasting reports from these places, which usually command attention for intractable violence, not high hopes. The segments, on ''Frontline/World,'' show that there can be
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TELEVISION REVIEW; A Danger to the West, and a Danger From It
NYTimes - over 13 years
''Frontline/World'' on PBS takes a look at global change on the local level. Sometimes a first-world force is arriving in a remote place, and at others something worrisome is heading our way. Tonight one segment explains how a new scourge, television, is disturbing the peace in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, and another examines how violence
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TELEVISION REVIEW; From Alpha Dog to Wound-Licking in Iraq
NYTimes - almost 18 years
PBS is a tad tardy in getting around to ''Spying on Saddam,'' considering that Scott Ritter, that disaffected former United Nations inspector, has been telling his story in print, on television and to Congress for many a month. Tonight's account, produced by the BBC in cooperation with ''Frontline,'' nonetheless puts the quarrels involving the
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NYTimes - over 18 years
I was lolling at home yesterday morning, watching Howie Mandel, a talk-show host, ask Rosie O'Donnell, another talk-show host who was his guest, about her summer vacation. Suddenly the program was interrupted for an ABC News Special Report. Had something happened to President Clinton? Was Russia no more? Had Monica and her mother signed a $10
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Some Sticky Questions for the Press
NYTimes - over 20 years
''Why America Hates the Press,'' the title of tonight's punchy edition of ''Frontline,'' is slightly misleading. The press is represented by a highly unrepresentative gabble of famous and rich television personalities. These talk-show showboats are criticized for the way they do their jobs, for their prosperity and for the company they keep;
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TELEVISION REVIEW;Moments in the Rise and Rise of Newt Gingrich
NYTimes - about 21 years
The Long March of Newt Gingrich" follows the 1995 political cover boy from a lonely and precocious childhood through a dim career in the backwaters of academe into Congress and American history. Revelations are short, but the program hits the big moments and produces a believable if not particularly attractive portrait of a man whom Peter Boyer,
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Stephen Talbot
  • 2015
    Age 65
    In 2015, he wrote a story reminiscing about the home birth of his daughter.
    More Details Hide Details Talbot's sister, New Yorker magazine staffer Margaret Talbot, wrote The Entertainer: Movies, Magic and My Father's Twentieth Century (Riverhead Books, 2012), about their father, Lyle Talbot, and their family history. His brother, David, is the author of several books, including "Season of the Witch" about San Francisco in the '60s and '70s, and was the founder and original editor of His sister, Cynthia, is a medical doctor in Portland, Oregon.
  • 2012
    Age 62
    His "investigative biography" of Newt Gingrich – "The Long March of Newt Gingrich" (1995) with correspondent Peter Boyer – drew renewed interest and was posted with updates on the Frontline website in 2012 when Gingrich made his unsuccessful bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
    More Details Hide Details From 2002–2008, Talbot was the series editor and a senior producer for Frontline/World, the international TV news magazine program and website. With reporter Kate Seelye, he also produced a half-hour FRONTLINE/World story, "The Earthquake", about political turmoil in Lebanon and Syria. He was senior producer of the Emmy-winning FRONTLINE/World documentary by Gwynne Roberts, "Iraq: Saddam's Road to Hell," an investigation of a massacre of Kurds carried out by Saddam Hussein's regime. Based at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, Talbot and colleague Sharon Tiller taught classes and helped identify and mentor the "next generation of video journalists" whose work was showcased on Frontline/World. KQED In the 1980s, Talbot was a staff reporter and producer at KQED-TV, the PBS affiliate in San Francisco, where he produced local documentaries, as well as national PBS documentaries such as "Namibia: Behind the Lines," South Africa Under Siege (a portrait of Nelson Mandela's ANC in exile), and The Gospel and Guatemala (an investigation of presidential strongman Efrain Rios Montt and his US supporters) with Elizabeth Farnsworth. At KQED, Talbot also reported and produced dozens of feature stories for The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour.
    From 2012-2014, Talbot was senior producer for video projects at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Emeryville, California, including feature news stories for the PBS Newshour, Univision, documentaries for KQED-TV in San Francisco ("Hunger in the Valley of Plenty") and a series of online documentary shorts, including "To Kill a Sparrow" about a forced marriage in Afghanistan, which was featured as a New York Times Video.
    More Details Hide Details At CIR, Talbot also led the editorial team that began and ran, "The I Files," the first investigative news channel on Currently, Talbot is a producer for ITVS / Independent Lens (PBS) in San Francisco. Frontline Talbot has written and produced ten documentaries for the critically acclaimed PBS series, Frontline. He has worked with correspondents Robert Krulwich, Peter Boyer, Bill Moyers and Lowell Bergman, and he has also appeared as a correspondent in "Why America Hates the Press" and "Diet Wars". In 2007 he produced, "What's Happening to the News" a 90-minute episode of the Frontline "News War" series. His other Frontline news documentaries include "The Best Campaign Money Can Buy", "The Heartbeat of America" (an investigation of General Motors), "Public Lands, Private Profits" (about gold mining on federal land in the West), "Rush Limbaugh's America", "The Long March of Newt Gingrich", "Why America Hates the Press", "Spying on Saddam", "Justice for Sale" with Bill Moyers, and "The Battle Over School Choice".
  • 2010
    Age 60
    He was also the creator and executive producer of Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders, a music show for PBS with host Marco Werman, whose pilot episode aired in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details A second episode aired October 5, 2012. Talbot's Quick Hits music videos appear on the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel, Sound Tracks presents Quick Hits. He has executive produced a number of indie documentaries, including The Price of Sex, a documentary by director and photo journalist Mimi Chakarova about sex trafficking in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Chakarova won the 2011 Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking from the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in New York and the Daniel Pearl Award from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
  • 2002
    Age 52
    Between 2002 and 2008, Talbot oversaw the editorial content of 30 hour-long television episodes and helped commission and supervise nearly 100 broadcast stories.
    More Details Hide Details Frontline World won the 2004 Overseas Press Club of America award for best international TV reporting. With colleague Sharon Tiller, Talbot also oversaw the Frontline World website and its Emmy Award- and Webby Award-winning online video series, Rough Cuts
    In 2002, Frontline's executive producer David Fanning named Talbot to be the series editor of Frontline World, Frontline's international news magazine show.
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  • 2001
    Age 51
    For KQED in 2001, he produced a one-hour documentary about Jerry Brown as mayor of Oakland, The Celebrity and the City.
    More Details Hide Details He had previously produced a KQED documentary about San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, "The Art of Being Mayor." With David Davis, Talbot wrote and directed, The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation, a two-hour history special that aired nationally on PBS in 2005, and was based on his earlier film, 1968: The Year That Shaped a Generation. His articles have appeared in, the Washington Post Magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the Los Angeles Times. Talbot wrote about Robert Mugabe in an article for the Frontline/World website. He has written about his daughter's home birth, "Call the Midwife," for KQED's website In the 1970s, he was a reporter and editor for Internews, a radio and print foreign news service based in Berkeley, California. Talbot has won numerous awards for his broadcast journalism, including two national Emmy Awards, four local (San Francisco) Emmys, three Golden Gate Awards from the San Francisco International Film Festival, three Thomas M. Storke International Journalism Awards from the World Affairs Council of Northern California, two Peabody Awards, two DuPont-Columbia Journalism Silver Batons, a George Polk Award, an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Overseas Press Club of America, a First Prize TV Award from the Education Writers Association, a National Press Club Arthur Rowse Award for media criticism, and an Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    Talbot's many TV documentaries include two Peabody Award winners, Broken Arrow, about nuclear weapons accidents, and, The Case of Dashiell Hammett," a biography of the crime writer. Talbot has had a long association with the PBS series Frontline beginning with his documentary on the financing of the 1992 presidential campaign, "The Best Campaign Money Can Buy," which won a DuPont Award and continuing through 2007 with his documentary on the media, "News War: What's Happening to the News."
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  • 1960
    Age 10
    In 1960, he played Jimmie Kendall, son of the title character in CBS's Perry Mason in the episode, "The Case of the Wandering Widow."
    More Details Hide Details On stage, Talbot co-starred as "Sonny" in William Inge's, Dark at the Top of the Stairs with Marjorie Lord at the La Jolla Playhouse. He also played Dick Clark's nephew in the only movie Clark ever acted in, Because They're Young (1960), a high school melodrama with Tuesday Weld and music by "rock 'n roller" Duane Eddy. As an adult, Talbot turned from acting to journalism and did not dwell on his "Leave It To Beaver" heritage, turning down numerous LITB "reunion" offers in order to be taken seriously as a reporter. But in recent years he has begun to reflect affectionately on his "Beaver" experience in articles and interviews and even in a Frontline documentary, "Diet Wars."
  • 1959
    Age 9
    In 1959, he was cast as Ab Martin, a grade-school pupil in the episode "The Twister" of the ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Sugarfoot, with Will Hutchins in the title role.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, he recites to his dying teacher, Roy Cantwell (Fred Beir) a part of Patrick Henry's 1775 address at St. Johns' Church. The "twister" in the title of the episode is a tornado that wipes out a western town.
    Talbot's first appearance as "Gilbert" on "Leave it to Beaver" was in a 1959 episode called "Beaver and Gilbert," where he plays a new kid in town who is prone to telling tall tales.
    More Details Hide Details Talbot's signature episode in the "Leave it to Beaver" series is "The School Picture" in which he (Gilbert) tricks the Beav into making a face during the annual class photo. In another memorable episode, "Long Distance Call," Gilbert convinces Beaver to place an expensive phone call to Los Angeles Dodgers pitching star Don Drysdale. Having spent his early years in front of the cameras on Leave it to Beaver as "Gilbert Bates" (56 episodes), Talbot abandoned acting for a career as a journalist. In an article in he looked back with a sense of humor about his past role. "In the interests of historical accuracy I should say that, yes, Gilbert was a troublemaker and an occasional liar, but my character was certainly no Eddie Haskell – that leering teenage hypocrite who spoke unctuously to parents ('Well, hello Mrs. Cleaver, and how is young Theodore today?') and venomously to the Beav ('Hey, squirt, take a powder before I squash you like a bug')."! "I have spent my adult life trying to conceal my Leave it to Beaver past or correcting the historical record. Either way the series has become inescapable. When I was a kid, I loved acting; in fact, I badgered my father and mother until they allowed me to work. But how could I have known as an innocent 9-year-old that I was taking part in a television program that would live on for 40 years as an icon for baby boomers?
  • 1949
    Born on February 28, 1949.
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