Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism

Version: Unabridged
Author: Bob Edwards
Narrator: Bob Edwards
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Non-Fiction, Social Science
Publisher: Tantor Media
Published In: October 2004
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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"Most Americans living today never heard Ed Murrow in a live broadcast. This book is for them. I want them to know that broadcast journalism was established by someone with the highest standards. Tabloid crime stories, so much a part of the lust for ratings by today's news broadcasters, held no interest for Murrow. He did like Hollywood celebrities, but interviewed them for his entertainment programs; they had no place on his news programs. My book is focused on this life in journalism. I offer it in the hope that more people in and out to the news business will get to know Ed Murrow. Perhaps in time the descent from Murrow's principles can be reversed." -Bob EdwardsLong before the era of the news anchor, the pundit, and the mini-cam, one man blazed a trail that thousands would follow. Edwards brings to life the great stories Murrow covered and brought into American living rooms for the first time - the rooftop reports of the London Blitz, bombing raids over Berlin, and

Reviews (1)


Written by Daparoye from Orange, CA on July 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I knew basically nothing about Edward R Murrow before listening to this audio book. I am so glad I got to know more. He was truly a leader and warrior in the news industry and we have him to thank for many advances. With a terrific narrator and actual sound bites of Murrow himself we are taken from birth to death and his influence beyond. All I can say is WOW!

Author Details

Author Details

Edwards, Bob

BOB EDWARDS has hosted NPR's "Morning Edition," the most popular program in all broadcast media, since its premiere in November 1979. In 1999, he and the program received a prestigious Peabody Award for "two hours of daily entertainment expertly helmed by a man who embodies the essence of excellence in radio." Also a recipient of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Edward R. Murrow Award, he is the author of "Fridays with Red," which chronicled his radio friendship with legendary sportscaster Red Barber.