Daniel Schorr, 93

IT WAS fitting that I was in the car, radio tuned to news — first thing — when I heard of Daniel Schorr’s passing.

On NPR no less.

Just how long I’ve been listening to him, I can’t quite pin-point but I do remember paying much closer attention to him after he had a stroke a few years back. I marveled at how we were all able to listen to him come back to form in-real time. While the words came slow, the insights, analysis were razor sharp. I loved the interplay between him and Scott Simon.

Here’s part of Simon’s remembrance on NPR’s site:

No other journalist in memory saw as much history as Daniel Schorr.

He was born the year before the Russian Revolution and lived to see the Digital Revolution. He was there before the Berlin Wall went up and there a generation later when it came down. He was born before people had radio in their homes but pioneered the use of radio, television, satellites and then the Web to report the news.

How many people were personal acquaintances of Edward R. Murrow, Nikita Khrushchev, Frank Zappa and Richard Nixon?

For all the history that he reported, Dan Schorr will always be remembered for the moment he stood before live television cameras in 1974 with a breaking bulletin about a list of enemies compiled by the White House.

Schorr began to read the names. One of them was his own. “The note here is, ‘A real media enemy,'” he read, before continuing through the list.

“What went through my mind was, ‘Don’t lose your cool. Be professional,'” he said years later.

He always was. Someone to learn from.

The rest of the piece is here:
— photo via, Paula Darte/NPR


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