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David McClure Brinkley

Brinkley, David McClure, 1920–2003, American news broadcaster, b. Wilmington, N.C. He began (1942) his lengthy journalistic career as a reporter for United Press, soon (1943) joining the National Broadcasting Company. He first appeared on air in 1945, becoming a news commentator in 1950. Within a few years, Brinkley and fellow newsman Chet Huntley developed documentary techniques for televised analyses of public affairs. Their nightly Huntley-Brinkley Report (1956–70) won several awards, including the Peabody, Sylvania, and "Emmy." From 1981 until 1996, Brinkley hosted This Week with David Brinkley, a weekly news panel, for the American Broadcasting Company. In 1992 he won a Peabody Award for his report on the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. As a news analyst Brinkley was noted for his clipped speech, terse and biting commentary, candor, and dry wit.

See his memoirs (1995) and his Everyone Is Entitled to My Opinion (1996).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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