The Place to Be

Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News

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By Roger Mudd

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Roger Mudd joined CBS in 1961, and as the congressional correspondent, became a star covering the historic Senate debate over the 1964 Civil Right Act. Appearing at the steps of Congress every morning, noon, and night for the twelve weeks of filibuster, he established a reputation as a leading political reporter. Mudd was one of half a dozen major figures in the stable of CBS News broadcasters at a time when the network’s standing as a provider of news was at its peak.

In The Place to Be, Mudd tells of how the bureau worked: the rivalries, the egos, the pride, the competition, the ambitions, and the gathering frustrations of conveying the world to a national television audient in thirty minutes minus commercials. It is the story of a unique TV news bureau, unmatched in its quality, dedication, and professionalism. It shows what TV journalism was once like and what it’s missing today.
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Mar 24, 2009
Page Count
432 pages
Publisher
PublicAffairs
ISBN-13
9781586486556

Roger Mudd

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Roger Mudd is most recently the primary anchor for the History Channel. Previously, he was weekend anchor of CBS Evening News, co-anchor of the weekday NBC Nightly News, and hosted NBC’s Meet the Press, and NBC’s American Almanac. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including George Foster Peabody Award, the Joan Shorenstein Award for Distinguished Washington Reporting, and five Emmy Awards. Mudd lives outside of Washington, D.C.

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