David Brinkley

News anchor, TV host, Commentator
A veteran television newscaster with a distinctive, clipped vocal delivery, David Brinkley began his journalistic career while still a high school student in his native Wilmington, NC, dropping out of high school in his ... Read more »
Born: 07/10/1920 in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

Filmography

Actor (22)

This Week With George Stephanopoulos 1981 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Nightly News, Weekend Edition 1968 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The '96 Vote: Election Night 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mallrats 1995 (Movie)

TV Executive No 1 (Actor)

'92 Vote: The Democratic Convention 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Crossing the Bridge 1992 (Movie)

1st Border Guard (Actor)

Edward R. Murrow: This Reporter 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Presidential Inauguration 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The '88 Vote: Election Night 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The Television Academy Hall of Fame 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

The Blessings of Liberty 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Weekend Preview 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Nightly News 1948 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The First 50 Years 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Actor

The Trial of Adolf Eichmann (TV Show)

Narrator

Biography

A veteran television newscaster with a distinctive, clipped vocal delivery, David Brinkley began his journalistic career while still a high school student in his native Wilmington, NC, dropping out of high school in his senior year to write full-time for THE WILMINGTON MORNING STAR. After service in the US Army during WWII, he worked as a Southern stringer for United Press before landing a berth at NBC in 1943 as a newswriter. Eight years later, Brinkley began contributing on-air reports as the Washington correspondent for the nightly news broadcast, "The Camel News Caravan," anchored by John Cameron Swayze. By 1954, he was a contributor to "Caravan," a weekly discussion on topical issues.

Relationships

Mary Brinkley

Mother

William Brinkley

Father

Susan Brinkley

Wife
born c. 1943 married in the early 1970s

Alan Brinkley

Son
mother, Ann Brinkley

Joel Brinkley

Son
received Pulitzer Prize for reports on Cambodian refugees mother, Ann Brinkley

John Brinkley

Son
mother, Ann Brinkley

Alexis Collins

Daughter
born c. 1969 married on November 22, 1997 to Jeremiah Collins mother, Susan Brinkley

Ann Fisher

Wife
met while both were working in Washington, DC married in 1946 divorced in the early 1970s

EDUCATION

Emory University

attended part-time while working for United Press (UP)

Vanderbilt University

Nashville , Tennessee
attended part-time while working for UP

University of North Carolina

North Carolina 1939 - 1940

Milestones

1998

Became commercial spokesperson for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM); his decision to accept position sparked controversy and negative comments from former colleagues as ADM had been fined for price-fixing in 1996

1997

Officially announced his retirement on September 28

1996

Announced plans to cut back on his workload effective November 10; Brinkley would no longer host "This Week" but would continue to provide commentary

1994

Anchored and narrated "A Christmas to Remember: The Battle of the Bulge" (ABC)

1991

Wrote and co-anchored ABC documentary "Pearl Harbor: Two Hours that Changed the World"

1988

Interviewed outgoing President Reagan on "Ronald Reagan and David Brinkley: A Final Interview"

1981

Resigned from NBC on September 4; two weeks later, signed with ABC

1981

Began hosting Sunday morning panel discussion "This Week with David Brinkley"

1969

Chet Huntley retired; Brinkley served as part-time anchor and commentator on "NBC Nightly News"

1956

First teamed with Chet Huntley to cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions

1956

In October, Huntley and Brinkley named to replace Swayze; broadcast now called "NBC News"; first netweork newscast with two anchors

1956

Named as co-anchor (with Chet Huntley) of NBC Nightly News; later called "The Huntley-Brinkley Report"

1942

Moved to Washington, DC; believed he had been hired by CBS Radio; arrived to find no job; found immediate employemnt with NBC

1942

Appointed White House reporter for NBC

1940

Served as a volunteer in the US Army; discharged after being misdiagnosed with a kidney disease

With John Chancellor, was co-anchor and commentator on "NBC Nightly News"

Worked for United Press, first in Atlanta and then Nashville

While in Nashville, worked with speech coach Virginia Mansell

Hosted "David Brinkley's Journal", an NBC documentary series

Reporter on "The Camel News Caravan" (NBC), a nightly 15-minute broadcast hosted by John Cameron Swayze

Broadacst name changed to "The Huntley-Brinkley Report"

Hosted weekly series "NBC Magazine with David Brinkley"

Began career as a journalist while still in high school, contributing to THE WILMINGTON MORNING STAR; hired as a reporter after graduation

Bonus Trivia

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Brinkley has received ten Emmy Awards and three George Foster Peabody Awards.

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In 1989, he was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Television Academy Hall of Fame.

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Received the 1990 George Foster Peabody Award for Lifetime Achievement for "exceptional contributions he has made to broadcasting during his tenure as one of the country's richest treasure."

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In 1995, he was honored by the Museum of Television and Radio for lifetime achievement.

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