Edward R. Murrow (Dictionary of World Biography: Twentieth Century)
Article abstract: The pioneer of news broadcasting, Murrow set the standard for objective reporting while warning against the potential for manipulation by electronic journalism.
Egbert Roscoe Murrow was born April 25, 1908, in Greensboro, North Carolina. Called “Egg” by family and friends, he changed his name to the more acceptable “Edward” as a young man. When he was still a child, his family moved to the Pacific Northwest, where Murrow spent summers working in the logging camps. In high school, he was a superachiever on several levels: a successful athlete, valedictorian of his class, student body officer, and, prophetically, star of the debate team. Following his graduation, the rangy, six-foot, two-inch young man returned to the logging camps. In 1926, after one year of this hard labor, he had saved sufficiently to enroll at Washington State University.
His popularity continued in college, enhanced by his dark, handsome looks—a physical appearance which would prove useful in his final career choice. In college, he majored in speech, honing his communication skills; he also added acting to his list of credits and began to cultivate the taste for elegant, expensive clothes for which he would later be known.
As the president of the student government, Murrow was a delegate to the annual convention of NSFA, the National Student Federation of America, of which he was elected...
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