July 23rd, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Journalist Daniel Schorr dies

Veteran broadcast journalist Daniel Schorr died at his home Friday morning, according to NPR. Schorr was 93.

Schorr, who began as a foreign newspaper correspondent in 1946, helped launch CNN as its senior Washington correspondent in 1980 after two decades with CBS.

NPR, which Schorr joined as senior news analyst in 1985, said he died peacefully after a short illness.

The host of NPR's Weekend Edition called Schorr "a fierce journalist."

"Nobody else in broadcast journalism - or perhaps any field - had as much experience and wisdom," Scott Simon said. "I am just glad that, after being known for so many years as a tough and uncompromising journalist, NPR listeners also got to know the Dan Schorr that was playful, funny and kind."

Schorr covered the rebuilding of Western Europe for the Christian Science Monitor starting in 1946. He later joined The New York Times.

He joined Edward R. Murrow's CBS news team as its Washington diplomatic correspondent in 1953.

Schorr resigned from CBS in 1976 after the network suspended him amid a controversy over the leaking of a secret U.S. intelligence report. Schorr refused to tell Congress the source of the document, citing his First Amendment protections.

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    A Great Man has left us, but those of us who knew(listened to) him are better for it.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Las Vegas Michael

    His genuine professionalism, demeanor and of course his voice will be missed. Godspeed & RIP Daniel.

    July 23, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. great journalism fanatic

    RIP Dan, you were one of the best, I'll be thinking of and missing you every Saturday morning.......

    July 23, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jimmy the Big Fat Greek

    RIP Danny

    July 23, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. NPR Junky

    His life and life work was for a blessing! I will miss his authentic style and distinguished voice. I too will be missing you every Saturday morning... rest in peace man.

    July 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Brock d'Avignon

    Those of us working for free market universal comprehensive medical and health care using Percentage As you Earn (PAYE) Finansurance remember Daniel Schorr for his book "Don't Get Sick in America" that identified fixed payments for insurance or fees as the problem requiring a new charging method. He wasn't always in the pocket of national socialists as he saw what nazi medicine could do. I created the word finansurance for Milton Friedman to express covering risk when you are ill, injured, disemployed, or pregnant; yet its need was inspired by Daniel Schorr. We will miss his insightful mind as we miss Milton Friedman's, both of whom could analyze issues because they could see the facts and be creative with their ideologies. Schorr was not unbiased anymore than Friedman, but they sought the facts first. A retrospective of his reports would be his best requiem.

    July 25, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
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