Daniel Louis Schorr
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Daniel Louis Schorr


Daniel Louis Schorr was born in the Bronx and was one of the journalists who belonged to the generation of American journalists who made their reputations in the early days of the cold war. He covered the Marshall Plan, the Berlin Wall, and the creation of the Nato Alliance. He saw journalism as a sacred sauce rather than as a branch of the entertainment industry. The Bronx shaped him, and it was where his career began, as at the age of 13 he wrote his first piece of work for the Bronx Home News. He then attended DeWitt Clinton High School, where he worked on the Clinton News further enhancing his career. After attending City College in1939, he served in Army Intelligence during the Second World War. Then he moved to the New York Times, and he worked as a foreign correspondent. In 1953, Schorr was recruited by Ed Murrow to work for CBS News as its diplomatic correspondent in Washington. In 1959, he traveled with President Eisenhower to South America, Asia, and Europe and was an integral part of journalism during this time. In 1966, reporting on domestic issues including the presidencies of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon and the civil rights movement. In 1972, he worked full-time on the Watergate Scandal, which earned him three Emmys. In1979, Schorr was asked by Ted Turner to help create CNN which highlighted his dedication to ethical journalism. Schorr was noted as an exemplar journalist, he received the Columbia University Golden Baton and was inducted into the Hallof Fame of the Society of Professional Journalists and was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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