Profile America -- Monday, April 25th. Today marks the birthday in 1908 of one of the key figures in the development of radio and television news -- Edward R. Murrow. He first came to note during the buildup to World War II, heading up radio broadcasts from correspondents in many points of Europe, unheard of at the time. During the war, Murrow bravely reported live from the tops of London buildings during German air raids, and flew on bombing missions into the Nazi homeland. At the time, most news reached Americans in newspapers and movie newsreels. After the war, Murrow pioneered television news with such programs as "See It Now." Today in the U.S., there are 80,000 news analysts, reporters and correspondents. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2011, p. 237
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2011, t. 615
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