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Daniel Schorr

Daniel SchorrAKA Daniel Louis Schorr

Born: 31-Aug-1916
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 23-Jul-2010
Location of death: Washington, DC
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Veteran journalist, Nixon enemy

Military service: US Army (1943-45)

Daniel Schorr spent the few years immediately following World War II as a radio reporter in Western Europe. When legendary newsman Edward R. Murrow heard Schorr's reporting of devastating floods in Holland, he was recruited for a CBS News correspondent. Schorr received a series of high-profile assignments, including several years making himself a pain the ass at the White House under the administrations of Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson (who actually telephoned Schorr one night to call him a "prize son of a bitch".)

And then there was Nixon. Ultimately, the reporter's name wound up on Dick's infamous enemies list (where Chuck Colson ranked Schorr as #17). Of course, it didn't end there. In an effort to dig up some dirt, FBI agents were dispatched to pursue a background investigation, interviewing several of Schorr's friends under the false pretense that he had applied for a federal job.

In 1976 Schorr covered embarrassing American intelligence scandals, during which he somehow managed to secure a copy of a suppressed Congressional report on CIA assassinations (which he subsequently leaked to the Village Voice for a fee). His initial response to the ensuing outcry was to hint that colleague Lesley Stahl had actually leaked the document, but in the end he was dragged into a public hearing to reveal his anonymous source. Schorr insisted that "to betray a source would mean to dry up many future sources for many future reporters... It would mean betraying myself, my career and my life".

Father: Gedaliah Tchornemoretz (d. 2-Sep-1922)
Mother: Tillie Godiner
Brother: Alvin
Wife: Lisbeth Bamberger Schorr (m. Jan-1967)
Son: Jonathan
Daughter: Lisa

    High School: DeWitt Clinton High School, Bronx, NY (1933)
    University: BS, City College of New York (1939)

    The New York Times
    National Public Radio Senior News Analyst
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Overseas Press Club
    National Press Club
    Emmy three times
    Peabody
    Polk Award 1993
    Draft Deferment: World War II
    Nixon's Enemies List "A real media enemy."
    Jewish Ancestry
    Russian Ancestry
    Risk Factors: Smoking

    TELEVISION
    CNN Commentator (1979-85)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    The Siege (6-Nov-1998) · Newscaster
    The Game (12-Sep-1997) · Himself
    The Net (28-Jul-1995) · WNN Anchor

Author of books:
Don't Get Sick in America (1970, nonfiction)
Clearing the Air (1977, memoir)
Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism (2001, memoir)
Come to Think of It: Notes on the End of the Millennium (2007, essays)


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