Edward R. Murrow
Edward Roscoe Murrow, KBE (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow; April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist
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. He first came to prominence with a series of radio news
Radio News
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 broadcasts during World War II
World War II
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, which were followed by millions of listeners in the United States
United States
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 and Canada
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Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid
Eric Sevareid
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, Ed Bliss
Ed Bliss
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, and Alexander Kendrick
Alexander Kendrick
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 considered Murrow one of journalism's greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.

A pioneer of television news broadcasting, Murrow produced a series of TV news reports that helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy
Joseph McCarthy
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Murrow was born Egbert Roscoe Murrow at Polecat Creek, near Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina
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, in Guilford County, North Carolina
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, the son of Roscoe C.

This... is London.

Lead in line to his broadcasts from London, England during World War II|World War II

Good night, and good luck.

Sign off line of his radio and TV broadcasts.

No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.

CBS television broadcast, on See It Now (7 March 1954)

He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.

On Sir Winston Churchill, in a CBS broadcast (30 November 1954)

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences. No one can eliminate prejudices — just recognize them.

Television broadcast, (31 December 1955)

The politician in my country seeks votes, affection and respect, in that order…. With few notable exceptions, they are simply men who want to be loved.

Address at London Guildhall (19 October 1959)

The politician is … trained in the art of inexactitude. His words tend to be blunt or rounded, because if they have a cutting edge they may later return to wound him.

Address at London Guildhall (19 October 1959)

After last night’s debate, the reputation of Messieurs Abraham Lincoln|Lincoln and Stephen Douglas|Douglas is secure.

On the televised debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon (26 September 1960)

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.

Comments after President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address.