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Edward R. Murrow

Edward R. Murrow

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Edward R. Murrow’s reporting on radio and television established what many journalists consider to be the professional standard for cultural and hard news reporting in the United States from the 1930s through 1960.

Murrow began his career in broadcasting in World War II as CBS’s European Bureau director, earning international acclaim for his integrity and steadfastness as Nazi bombs fell on Great Britain during the London Blitz.  His move into television broadcasting during the 1950s allowed him to pursue a number of controversial subjects, including the "See It Now" expose of Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy.

In a number of instances, such as the investigative newscast on the plight of migrant farm workers in Florida, Murrow’s reporting for CBS motivated progressive reforms, prompting him to remark late in his career that television, “can get a lot of things done.” 

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