Harry Reasoner

TV host, Writer, Reporter
Walter Cronkite was the undisputed king of network news coverage, but Iowa native Harry Reasoner possessed a degree of charisma and expertise that consistently placed him a close second in polls with viewers. Like many ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1923 in Dakota City, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (5)

ABC World News 1953 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

60 Minutes... 25 Years 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Weavers: Wasn't That a Time! 1980 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

A Salute to Television's 25th Anniversary 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Walter Cronkite was the undisputed king of network news coverage, but Iowa native Harry Reasoner possessed a degree of charisma and expertise that consistently placed him a close second in polls with viewers. Like many television newsmen from the early years of the medium, he had his start in print and on radio before gradually working his way up to the position of correspondent on CBS, the network where he stayed for the majority of his career. Reasoner spent more than 35 years in the TV news profession and was widely respected on several fronts. As a host, he was personable enough to seem genuine and was clearly intelligent enough to be trustworthy. However, he was also able to impart an important Everyman perspective and sensibility to his coverage that helped make it relevant and vital to all areas of the country. He was also capable of writing reports that delivered facts in an erudite manner that remained easily digestible. As one of the founders of "60 Minutes" (CBS, 1968- ), Reasoner carried over to that program the qualities he had gained on earlier duties for the network. When ABC offered him the coveted co-anchor spot on its nightly newscast, he proved more than up to the task. Winner of numerous awards during his career, including four Emmys, Reasoner embodied the finest attributes of his profession and was one of the most prominent and respected television journalists of the 20th century.

Relationships

Kathleen Carroll

Wife
married c. 1946; mother of his seven children

Harry Reasoner

Father
became a school superintendent

Eunice Reasoner

Mother

Lois Weber

Wife
married 1988 attempted suicide by jumping from the third-floor window of her Westport home, September 17, 1991, one month after Reasoner's death

EDUCATION

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis , Minnesota

Stanford University

Stanford , California

Milestones

1991

Retired from "60 Minutes" to become editor emeritus (May 19)

1991

Underwent surgery for blood clot on the brain (June 11)

1989

Had further surgery for lung cancer

1987

Underwent first operation for lung chancer

1978

Rejoined "60 Minutes"

1976

Paired with Barbara Walters, first woman co-anchor of nightly newscast

1975

Became solo anchor for ABC Evening News

1969

Became first of newstars to switch networks, leaving CBS to co-anchor ABCs Evening News where he was first teamed with Howard K. Smith

1961

Co-hosted TV show, "Calendar" with actress Mary Fickett

1956

Joined CBS News in New York

1943

Won first prize in nationwide essay contest sponsored by Republican party

1942

Entered the Army

1941

Began newspaper career at Milwaukee Times

Worked as newswriter for WCCO, a CBS Radio affiliate in Minneapolis, in the early 1950s

Moved with family to Minneapolis when he was a teenager

Moved to the United States Information Agency

Worked for Milwaukee Times as drama critic after WWII; lost job after panning pre-Broadway tour of "Up in Central Park"

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