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NPR Contributor Daniel Schorr Dies at 93

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Journalist Daniel Schorr (1916-2010) (Alex Wong/Newsmakers)

Longtime NPR contributor Daniel Schorr earned his reputation as a legendary journalist the hard way – by breaking stories during the Cold War and Watergate that won him numerous awards – not to mention the scorn of various presidents.  He died at the age of 93.  He was last on with Leonard Lopate in 2008, and you can hear him discuss his 50 years of covering politics.

 

Hear another interview with Daniel Schorr from The Leonard Lopate Show in 2001 below.

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John Steinmetz from New York, NY

In 1956, after having been discharged from the US ARMY, my first civilian job was as a Page at CBS TELEVISION. It was the first rung of the promotional ladder at CBS. But, it covered CBS RADIO, too. One day, I found myself waiting for the elevator, on the CBS NEWS floor, at the main building. Waiting for the elevator with me was Daniel Schorr. We waited patiently and entered the elevator, when it arrived. We were the only two passengers, on the way down. As a New Yorker, I respect people’s privacy and I don’t intrude on their thoughts. I pondered whether to speak to my fellow passenger.

“Mr. Schorr, I heard your commentary on the Russian Military, last night", I said. It was the height if the Cold War. “I just returned from serving with Military Intelligence in Nürenberg. Your assessment was right on the button, perfectly correct."

"Thank you," he returned.

As I listened to him, over the years, Dan Schorr’s commentary was always ‘right on the button’.

-Johh Steinmetz

Jul. 29 2010 09:18 PM
Steve K from Englewood

I was aware that Mr. Schorr tended to polarized people, but was never sure exactly why. Now I know it was for all the right reasons. I will miss him on Saturday mornings. His long memory gave him a unique perspective on events.
I can't believe I'm only the second person to comment here.

Jul. 29 2010 05:18 PM
Rosalind Cartwright from Chicago

I loved being able to hear Daniel Schorr again now that he will no longer be giving his take on the news on the Saturday morning NPR Scott Simon's program.This interview gives me more of his history than I knew and that I can read his book which I was not aware he had written. Thanks.

Jul. 27 2010 04:28 PM

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