Reuven Frank papers, 1940-2008


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12.00 cubic ft., 5 digital objects

Born in 1920 in Canada, Reuven Frank helped transform the world of television journalism. Frank joined NBC in 1950 as a writer when radio still dominated the airwaves. As an executive at NBC News for much of the latter half of the twentieth century, Frank helped to solidify the importance of the medium with his emphasis on the visual power of television. As producer of such news shows as The Huntley-Brinkley Report, which later became NBC Nightly News, Frank also was the first to pair two anchors together in a broadcast. As a news medium, television was ripe for experimentation and Frank did just that with news segments such as Background, Chet Huntley Reporting, and Frank McGee Reports. This documentary-style of news making was revolutionary for the 1950s and was mirrored by similar developments at CBS spearheaded by Edward R. Murrow. Reuven Frank also forged new ground with the method of coverage used during political conventions. Frank was appointed president of NBC News in the turbulent year of 1968. During such events as the Tet offensive in Vietnam and the assassinations of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, Frank was a formidable force in shaping the ways news broadcasts were executed. Frank won numerous awards throughout his career.

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