University of Illinois
Diagnosed with stomach cancer in April
Narrated the documentary "Baseball" by Ken Burns for public TV
Retired after 43 years with NBC
At the request of then President Lyndon B Johnson named head of the "Voice of America" and served as director of the radio division of the U S Information Agency; first professional journalist to hold that post
He was arrested on camera by a security guard at the Republican National Convention for "blocking the aisle"
Replaced the retiring Dave Garroway as host for NBC's "Today" show; it's noted that he was unhappy in that position
Covered the story of the Russian spy trial of the American U-2 pilot, Francis Gary Porter, and mankinds first orbit of the earth by Soviet, Yuri Gagarin
Honored as one of the panalists on the TV debates between presidential hopefuls John Kennedy and Richard Nixon
While serving as a NBC news Midwest correspondant his career brakethrough came while covering school desegregation in Little Rock's Central High School in AR
Became a reporter for WNBQ, an NBC owned station in Chicago
Joined the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES as a copy boy and rose through the ranks to become a reporter and feature writer
Became senior analyst and political commentator for NBC's "Nightly News"
Began career as an advertising copy runner at the CHICAGO DAILY NEWS
Joined the staff of "NBC Nightly News" as anchor following the retirement of Chet Huntley
Served in the Army
During his years as anchor in NBC's "Nightly News" he first co-anchored with David Brinkley and Frank McGee, then went sole from 1971-76, and once again co-anchored with Brinkley from 1976-79, then alone again until 1982.