Murrow, Edward (Egbert) R(oscoe)


Murrow, Edward (Egbert) R(oscoe)

biographical name

(born April 25, 1908, Greensboro, N.C., U.S.—died April 27, 1965, Pawling, N.Y.) U.S. radio and television broadcaster. Murrow joined CBS in 1935 and two years later became head of its European Bureau. He became famous for his eyewitness reports of World War II events such as the German occupation of Austria. After the war, with Fred Friendly, he produced Hear It Now, an authoritative radio news digest, and for television the comparable See It Now. He also produced Person to Person and other television programs. In the 1950s he was an influential force for the free dissemination of information, producing a notable exposé of the tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy that contributed to the demise of McCarthyism.

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