Edward R. Murrow

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A towering figure in the history of broadcasting, Edward R. Murrow achieved international acclaim, first as a radio news correspondent and later as a pioneer in the emerging medium of television. Murrow began his career with the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) in 1935 and was assigned to head the radio network’s European bureau in London in 1937. When war engulfed Europe and Hitler’s bombs rained down on Britain, Murrow remained at his London post. He assembled a superb roster of war correspondents for CBS and brought the conflict into American living rooms with his own vivid eyewitness reports that kept listeners glued to their radios. After the war, Murrow transitioned to television with See It Now—his groundbreaking documentary series that featured both in-depth reporting and news analysis. It was via the program’s March 9, 1954, broadcast that Murrow helped to discredit Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist campaign by exposing the senator’s unsavory tactics.
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh
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© Estate of Yousuf Karsh
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Yousuf Karsh, 23 Dec 1908 - 13 Jul 2002
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Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 60.1 × 50.5 cm (23 11/16 × 19 7/8")
Mount: 76.2 × 60.9 cm (30 × 24")
Mat (Karsh exhibit): 81.3 × 66 cm (32 × 26")
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