"We all learn to depend on the picture. But I think writing makes so much difference ... it seems to me, for someone starting out, just to learn how to write would mean that you would have a respect for words, you'd have a respect for accuracy and truth, and if you brought that into television, it would begin to help."
About This Interview
In his two-and-a-half hour Archive Interview, journalist Roger Mudd describes working for a newspaper and in radio before transitioning to television news at CBS. He describes reporting at CBS in the 1960s, covering the Civil Rights Movement, JFK's assassination, and Capitol Hill. He recalls covering Bobby Kennedy's Presidential bid, and standing next to Ethel Kennedy when her husband was killed. He talks of his work on the CBS documentaries "Teddy" and "The Selling of the Pentagon", discusses filling in for Walter Cronkite as anchor of CBS Evening News, and learning that Dan Rather would be Cronkite's successor. Mudd then describes leaving CBS for NBC News, where he served as Chief Washington Correspondent and co-anchor with Tom Brokaw. He outlines teaching a seminar on Politics and the Press at Princeton University, describes his affiliation with The History Channel, and details writing his book, "The Place to Be", which tells the tale of life at the Washington Bureau. He speaks of his views on ethics in journalism, shares where he was on 9/11, and offers advice to aspiring broadcast journalists. Karen Herman conducted the interview in McLean, Virginia on November 18, 2011.