Long­time broad­cast cor­re­spon­dent and an­a­lyst Daniel Schorr dies at 93

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Brett Zongker

WASHINGTON — Daniel Schorr, 93, whose jour­nal­ism ca­reer over more than six decades landed him in the dark cor­ners of Europe dur­ing the Cold War and the shad­ows of Pres­i­dent Richard Nixon’s no­to­ri­ous “en­e­mies list” in the 1970s, died Fri­day in Washington af­ter a brief ill­ness.

Schorr’s path through the news busi­ness be­gan in print and then led to al­most three decades in tele­vi­sion with CBS News and the fledg­ling cable net­work CNN be­fore he be­came the elder states­man of pub­lic ra­dio.

His last broad­cast as a se­nior news an­a­lyst and com­men­ta­tor on Na­tional Pub­lic Ra­dio aired July 10.

Bill Moyers, who like Schorr had stints at CBS News and in pub­lic broad­cast­ing, said that Schorr was a model of in­tegrity.

“At NPR, he ex­em­pli­fied the very best of pub­lic broad­cast­ing by re­fus­ing to be in­tim­i­dated by ei­ther offi- cial fun­ders or par­ti­san thugs who be­sieged the brass in protest of his hon­est re­port­ing,” Moyers wrote Fri­day in an e-mail. “With ra­zor-sharp wit, per­sonal courage, and love of our craft, he dis­tin­guished him­self and jour­nal­ism.”

Schorr re­ported from Moscow, Ha­vana, Bonn, Ger­many and many other cities as a for­eign cor­re­spon­dent. While at CBS, he brought Amer­i­cans the first-ever ex­clu­sive TV in­ter­view with a Soviet leader, Nikita Khrush- chev, in 1957.

Dur­ing the Nixon years, Schorr not only cov­ered the news as CBS’ chief Water­gate cor­re­spon­dent, but he also be­came part of the story. He rushed to the air with Nixon’s fa­mous “en­e­mies list” and be­gan read­ing the list of 20 to view­ers be­fore pre­view­ing it. As he got to No. 17, he dis­cov­ered his own name on the list.

Schorr be­came part of the story again in 1976, when he ar­ranged for the pub­li­ca­tion of an ad­vance copy of a sup­pressed House In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee re­port on il­le­gal CIA and FBI find­ings.

At the time, Schorr called it “an in­escapable de­ci­sion of jour­nal­is­tic con­science” to see that the re­port ended up in print. To his sur­prise, re­ac­tion from his own col­leagues in the me­dia was neg­a­tive, be­cause Schorr had handed the re­port over in ex­change for a do­na­tion to a group that aids jour­nal­ists in First Amend­ment is­sues.

Many re­porters also found Schorr’s si­lence trou­bling when an­other CBS cor­re­spon­dent, Les­ley Stahl, was wrongly ac­cused of leak­ing the re­port. Schorr was sus­pended by the net­work and the House opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, though it later dropped the case. He re­signed from CBS soon af­ter.

Af­ter CBS, Schorr taught jour­nal­ism at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berkeley, and then, in 1979, he joined Ted Turner’s newly cre­ated CNN as its se­nior Washington cor­re­spon­dent.

Soon af­ter leav­ing CNN in 1985 over dif­fer­ences with Turner, Schorr found a home at NPR as a se­nior news an­a­lyst. He con­trib­uted reg­u­larly to “All Things Con­sid­ered” and other pro­grams.

He re­ceived three Emmy Awards, among other hon­ors that in­clude a Pe­abody in 1992 for “a life­time of un­com­pro­mis­ing re­port­ing of the high­est in­tegrity.” He was in­ducted into the Hall of Fame of the So­ci­ety of Pro­fes­sional Jour­nal­ists in 1991.

Bob Daugh­erty

J. Scott Applewhite

Daniel Schorr’s ca­reer in­cluded tes­ti­fy­ing to the House Ethics Com­mit­tee in 1976, left, be­fore he went on to a long stint as an NPR com­men­ta­tor, above.

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