Edward R. Murrow

Active - 1943 - 1993  |   Born - Apr 25, 1908 in Polecat Creek, North Carolina, United States  |   Died - Apr 27, 1965   |   Genres - History, Film, TV & Radio, Culture & Society

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  • A heavy cigarette smoker who died of lung cancer, he grew up in a Quaker family in which smoking was prohibited.
  • Originally hired by CBS in 1935 not as a journalist, but as Director of Talks and Education, a job that involved developing cultural and discussion shows.
  • Assembled a team of reporters, known as "Murrow's Boys," to offer firsthand accounts of the events in Europe during World War II.
  • Began using the phrase "Good night and good luck" shortly after a 14-year-old Princess Elizabeth closed an October 1940 broadcast to British children by saying: "Good night and good luck to you all."
  • Delivered a scathing 1954 report on Sen. Joseph McCarthy on his TV show See It Now that is widely credited with changing public opinion on the controversial senator.
  • Appointed head of the United States Information Agency by John F. Kennedy in 1961.
  • Was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964 and an honorary knighthood by the British government in 1965.