NPR Legend Daniel Schorr Dead at 93

Tireless investigator had been reporting since 1946
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2010 1:06 PM CDT
NPR Legend Daniel Schorr Dead at 93
In a Sept. 16, 1976 photo, television reporter Daniel Schorr appears before a meeting of the House Ethics Committee in Washington.   (AP Photo/Bob Daugherty)

Daniel Schorr, a veteran journalist who brought more than six decades of experience to his gig as senior news analyst for NPR, has died at age 93, NPR reports. Schorr served in intelligence during World War II, then stayed in Europe to cover the postwar reconstruction for the New York Times and Christian Science Monitor. That began a 20-year career as a foreign correspondent, which would later see him join Edward R. Murrow at CBS and reopen the network’s Moscow bureau.

In 1966, he was assigned to Washington, where he put himself at the center of countless major stories. He was on President Nixon’s “enemies list” and was once dubbed “Killer Schorr” by CIA director Richard Helms, after reporting on several assassinations. “He was sophisticated about the government and how it works,” says a colleague. “He was a damned vacuum cleaner, is what he was. “ Schorr earned a host of awards, including a Peabody for “a lifetime of uncompromising reporting of the highest integrity.” (Read more obituary stories.)

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