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Edward R. Murrow cover
August 2005
Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism
by Bob Edwards

In this concise history, Bob Edwards follows Edward R. Murrow from a cabin in North Carolina to Washington State College and on to the radio newsrooms of Europe, the rooftops of World War II London, and the brave new world of television, explaining Murrow’s seminal role in creating the very concept of broadcast news. Clear, detailed, and forthright, the book introduces many other people who helped shape the modern mass media against a background of world-shaking events. But the focus remains on Murrow himself, and substantial excerpts from several landmark broadcasts show us his intelligence, his skill, and the depth of his convictions about how journalism should be done. An award-winning broadcast journalist himself, Edwards also laments what he sees as a retreat from Murrow’s principles in the decades since, chronicling what has been lost in a thought-provoking afterword about the state of broadcast news today.

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