Ed Bliss
Edward "Ed" Bliss, Jr. was an American broadcast journalist and author of several books. He died in Alexandria, Virginia.

Bliss Before CBS

Bliss' father was a missionary doctor who spent much of his life in China
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. In fact, Bliss was born in China, in Fuzhou
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. He lived in China until he was nine.

In 1935 Bliss graduated from Yale University
Yale University
Yale University is a private, Ivy League university located in New Haven, Connecticut, United States. Founded in 1701 in the Colony of Connecticut, the university is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States...

 and landed his first job at a small Ohio
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 newspaper, The Bucyrus
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The pay, $6 per week but he was able to earn an extra $1.50 per week as a stringer
Stringer (journalism)
In journalism, a stringer is a type of freelance journalist or photographer who contributes reports or photos to a news organization on an ongoing basis but is paid individually for each piece of published or broadcast work....

 for the Toledo Blade. The experience paid off and 1936 found him working at a Scripps Howard newspaper, Columbus Citizen, in Columbus, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
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His first beat at the Citizen included the state prison. After he witnessed his first execution he submitted an unsolicited editorial opposing the death penalty. He set the editorial on his editor's desk and the next day it was published as the paper's lead editorial. He worked at the Citizen until 1942. While there he worked as a reporter, state editor, book and film reviewer and columnist
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Away from journalism Bliss was married in 1940, to Lois.

Bliss at CBS

Ed Bliss was hired by CBS
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 in 1943. He got his start by chance. A friend Bliss was visiting in New York mentioned that Dallas Townsend
Dallas Townsend
Dallas S. Townsend, Jr. was an American broadcast journalist who worked for CBS Radio and television for over 40 years.- Early career :...

 --a writer who later became a CBS broadcaster—had enlisted in the Army, leaving a job opening at CBS. He applied and was handed thousands of words of copy from United Press, Hearst International News Service and Associated Press
Associated Press
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 and told to write a five-minute newscast. It was a sort of test. He did it and he passed. CBS News
CBS News
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 chief Paul White
Paul White (journalist)
Paul Welrose White from Pittsburg, Kansas worked as director of news at CBS beginning in 1930. He was CBS' first news director. White worked as a newspaper journalist prior to beginning his radio broadcasting career with CBS...

 gave him a midnight to 9 a.m. job writing news copy at CBS.

He was part of a second generation of Murrow's Boys
Murrow's Boys
Murrow’s Boys, or “The Murrow Boys,” were the CBS broadcast journalists most closely associated with Edward R. Murrow during his years at the network, most notably the years before and during World War II....

 which included Alexander Kendrick
Alexander Kendrick
Alexander Kendrick was a broadcast journalist. He worked for CBS during World War II and was part of a second generation of reporters known as Murrow's Boys.- Kendrick Before CBS :Before hooking up with Edward R...

, George Polk
George Polk
George Polk was an American journalist for CBS who disappeared in Greece and was found dead a few days later on Sunday May 16, 1948, shot at point-blank range in the back of the head, and with hands and feet tied. Polk was covering the civil war in Greece between the right wing government and...

, David Schoenbrun
David Schoenbrun
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 and others. Bliss produced and wrote for Murrow. He was also the first news editor for the CBS Evening News
CBS Evening News
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 With Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite
Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years . During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as "the most trusted man in America" after being so named in an opinion poll...


He left CBS in 1968 to found the broadcast journalism
Broadcast journalism
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 program at American University
American University
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 in Washington D.C.


Bliss wrote several books, mostly on the media. They include Writing News for Broadcast, and Now the News. He also edited a book called In Search of Light: The Broadcasts of Edward R. Murrow. In addition he wrote Beyond the Stone Arches, a book about his father.


1984: Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
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, Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Educator

1993: Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation Paul White Award


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