Jessica Savitch

Television journalist Jessica Savitch

Jessica Beth Savitch was an American television broadcaster and news reporter, host of PBS' Frontline and New York weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News during the short-lived Roger Mudd/Tom Brokaw era.
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Greens, government target Mainers - Washington Examiner
Google News - over 6 years
In 1983, "PBS Frontline with Jessica Savitch" ran an expose titled, "For the Good of All," tracing the Cuyahogans' hopeless struggle to keep their homes and heritage. Many viewers never forgave the parks service, but the National Parks Conservation
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Writer tells Sunrise Rotary: 'Find your story' - Minuteman News Center
Google News - over 6 years
Bergman's credits as a writer and producer of TV feature movies include stories about Michael Landon, Barbara Mandrell and Jessica Savitch. In 1991 she received a Screen Writers Guild nomination for her two- hour TV production “Matters of the Heart
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Author, screenplay coach at Westport Sunrise Rotary - Westport-News
Google News - over 6 years
She has also written films about celebrities, including Michael Landon, Barbara Mandrell, newscaster Jessica Savitch and writer Pearl S. Buck. The public is welcomed as guests with a $12 fee per person, which includes a breakfast buffet
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Fame won't protect car crash victims like Sean Kingston, Macho Man, Lady Diana - Torque News
Google News - over 6 years
Jessica Savitch, an NBC News reporter, died Oct. 23, 1983, after the car she was riding in plunged into the Delaware Canal. When a head-on collision left heartthrob actor James Dean dead on Sept. 30, 1955, Americans, especially young girls,
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Wayback Machine To Bad Houston Fashion And Even Worse Ads - Houston Press (blog)
Google News - over 6 years
There are some famous faces: Dan Rather, Jessica Savitch, a very young Bill Worrell and Mattress Mac -- and there is also the woman above, who, bless her heart, looks to be wearing Bozo's biggest tie. Also included: An ad for Woolworth's "Stereo
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THE MEDIUM; Listen to Me!
NYTimes - over 8 years
''We don't need Michael Jackson,'' insisted Peter King, a congressman from New York, in a recent publicity video shot in front of a small-town American Legion Hall. As birds chirped and cars whizzed, King slammed Jackson, newly dead, as a lowlife, a pervert and a pedophile. King's prosecutorial attitude, his tumble of loaded words, his redundancies
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URBAN STUDIES | OVERHEARING; Where the Walls Have Big Ears
NYTimes - over 9 years
IN a city as big and complicated as New York, many buildings have their shares of urban legends, tales of ghosts walking, lurking in the service elevators or haunting the storage areas. Imagine what life must be like in the Dakota on West 72nd Street near Central Park, where fiction (''Rosemary's Baby'' was filmed there) merged with
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In Bed With 'Runway': A Lifetime Story
NYTimes - almost 10 years
THE guys from Project Rungay are worried. You read right. Tom Fitzgerald writes a gay-themed blog with Lorenzo Marquez about their favorite reality show, ''Project Runway.'' Last week they learned that the show, about aspiring clothing designers, would be moving from its home on the Bravo network to Lifetime. ''Bravo is known for its sharp, urban
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FILM REVIEW; Some Not-So-Funny Business Involving Two Comedians
NYTimes - over 12 years
Plumbing the secrets of celebrity, its furtive ups and dirtiest downs, has been a favorite human endeavor for so long (psst, I hear Alexander swings both ways), it's a wonder that anyone can work up indignation about it, much less an interesting story line. We dish the dirt partly because it's a social lubricant but mostly because it's pleasurable,
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The Talk: Perfect Bound; Anchor Steam
NYTimes - about 13 years
There are days when I wonder whether the people in TVnews ever read fashion magazines, venture into stores, travel to exotic lands or even walk down city streets. Judging by the state of what's happening behind news desks, on sofas and out in the field, my hunch is a firm no. It strikes me that the executive producer at NBC uses his mother as a
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Lending a Friendly Ear to the New Anchor at NBC
NYTimes - about 13 years
When Brian Williams slides behind the anchor desk of the ''NBC Nightly News'' tonight for the first time as its permanent host, the voice through his earpiece will be comfortingly familiar. It belongs to Stephen Capus, the executive producer of ''Nightly News'' since May 2001, who first worked with Mr. Williams in 1986 at WCAU, then the CBS station
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John Gregory Dunne, Novelist, Screenwriter and Observer of Hollywood, Is Dead at 71
NYTimes - about 14 years
John Gregory Dunne, the brashly insightful novelist, journalist, and screenwriter who wrote novels and successful works of nonfiction crammed with pungent dialogue, lavish brutality and vivid glimpses of the Hollywood demimonde, died on Tuesday evening in his Manhattan apartment. He was 71. Joan Didion, his wife and frequent collaborator, said he
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John Gregory Dunne, Novelist, Screenwriter and Observer of Hollywood, Is Dead at 71
NYTimes - about 14 years
John Gregory Dunne, the brashly insightful novelist, journalist, and screenwriter who wrote novels and successful works of nonfiction crammed with pungent dialogue, lavish brutality and vivid glimpses of the Hollywood demimonde, died on Tuesday evening in his Manhattan apartment. He was 71. Joan Didion, his wife and frequent collaborator, said he
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THEATER; Where There's a Will, or Two, or Maybe Quite a Few
NYTimes - over 14 years
ASK the question ''Who wrote the works of Shakespeare?'' and eyes either widen with interest or glaze over. Amy Freed was well aware of that fact when she wrote ''The Beard of Avon,'' a satirical play on the subject. Her husband would be ''dead out at the dinner table,'' she recalled, while she could talk about nothing else with the friend who
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Without You I'm Nothing
NYTimes - over 14 years
THE COLONEL The Extraordinary Story of Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley. By Alanna Nash. Illustrated. 394 pp. New York: Simon & Schuster. $25. ELVIS PRESLEY and his hustling manager, Col. Tom Parker, have become an American fable: the apple-cheeked plowboy and raw sexual dynamo who is born to the throne but can never escape the nefarious grasp
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    THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 36
    On October 23, 1983, approximately three weeks after her problematic NBC broadcast, Savitch had dinner with Martin Fischbein, vice president of the New York Post, in New Hope, Pennsylvania.
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    Shortly before her death in October 1983, Savitch also became known for her live broadcast of a short NBC News update in which her delivery was erratic and she appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
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    On October 3, 1983, during a live NBC news update, Savitch was incoherent on the air, slurring her speech, deviating from her script and ad-libbing her report.
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    In January 1983, in addition to her work for NBC, Savitch began hosting a new public affairs documentary program on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Frontline.
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    On October 3, 1983, approximately three weeks before her death, Savitch delivered a live 43-second NBC News update segment in which she was incoherent and appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the air.
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    From then until her death in October 1983, Savitch's only regular appearances on NBC were on the NBC News update segments.
    In June 1983, NBC removed Savitch from her regular Saturday evening anchor slot and replaced her with Chung, who also accepted the Early Today anchor position that Savitch had rejected.
    Despite her competence and success as an anchor, Savitch was criticized for her relative lack of competence as a reporter, and faced troubles in her personal life. By 1983, Savitch was anxious about her job and showing signs of emotional instability, and NBC was beginning to shift its focus to other anchors, particularly the newly hired Connie Chung.
  • 1981
    Age 34
    Her second marriage in March 1981 to Dr. Donald Payne, her gynecologist, lasted only a few months.
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    She also contributed commentary to NBC Radio Network and worked on a 1981 espionage documentary called The Spies Among Us.
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  • 1980
    Age 33
    She was elected to the college's Board of Trustees in 1980.
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    Savitch was married twice and had no children. Her first marriage in 1980 to Philadelphia advertising executive Melvin "Mel" Korn ended in divorce after 11 months.
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    In 1980, she was one of the 12 most popular speakers in the United States.
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    Thereafter, although she was a general assignment reporter and helped to cover the 1980 Republican and Democratic national conventions, she was primarily known as an anchor.
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  • 1979
    Age 32
    By 1979 she was demoted from the Senate assignment due to poor performance (see NBC reporter).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 30
    In 1977, when her contract with KYW expired, Savitch joined NBC News as a weekend news anchor and U.S. Senate reporter.
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    Savitch did her last newscast for KYW in August 1977.
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    Impressed with her performance, NBC offered her a three-year contract starting in September 1977 as a Washington, D.C. correspondent and anchor.
  • 1976
    Age 29
    In 1976, Savitch came to the attention of NBC executives while reporting from a Presidential campaign debate between President Gerald Ford and Democratic nominee Jimmy Carter held in Philadelphia at the Walnut Street Theatre.
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  • 1972
    Age 25
    In 1972, she joined KYW-TV, the former NBC affiliate (now CBS) in Philadelphia, as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor under a five-year contract.
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  • 1969
    Age 22
    In 1969, Savitch was hired as an administrative assistant at WCBS, the CBS Radio flagship news station in New York City, where she also did freelance production work.
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  • 1968
    Age 21
    She graduated from Ithaca College in 1968.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1947
    Age 0
    Savitch was born February 1, 1947, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia.
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