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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  1. Hee-Jung

    Why isn't this on the front page?! This man is a legend in American journalism. Hop to you job a little!

    July 23, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana P

      My thought exactly.

      July 23, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • PAM S.

      You absolutely right!! Who's runnin' this place?

      July 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. SouthSideSlim

    This is very sad news. We've lost another great one (and this should be on the home page).

    July 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. BrooklynBen

    So sad, I thought he would outlive us all. Come on CNN, put him on the home page where he belongs.

    July 23, 2010 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Skee Hee

    Those of us who continued listening to Mr. Schorr on NPR Sat. mornings enjoyed the banter he lead with host Scott Simon. The two would not only discuss the latest hot topics of the week, but discuss things like vuvuzellas and where's the best deli in Rome.
    Mr. Schorr was serious in is work, but never took himself seriously and this made him one of those reporters you could trust with what ever he reported. If you ever followed up on his work, you'd find out he was always spot on.

    July 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paul in Virginia

    Thanks for all the stories and insight, Dan. God bless.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim Miller

    Daniel Schorr was a legend. He was a living record of our history since the 1940's. I appreciated and looked forward to his insights on NPR weekend editions.
    I will miss him.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dctwmt

    This guy, all you paranoids about liberal media, all you Fox Noise Channel lovers, was a true journalist in every sense of the word. He was not a personality on a cable channel ranting about something, distorting truth, making accusations. He was a REPORTER. This is a sad day for journalism.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. arun

    We are going to miss you on NPR. RIP.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John in Texas

    I find it interesting that CNN left out the part where they fired him. I didn't care much for his NPR commentaries as they were almost always negative in tone. I did enjoy his weekend show, and had great respect for him as a journalist.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike Hiltabidle

    I always listened a little more closely when he spoke. Appreciated his insght, experience, and passion towards topics.
    Will miss his commentary for sure.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana P

      Me too. He was worth listening to, even if you didn't agree. People like that are very, very rare.

      July 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thomas

    Yes, this should be a banner headline.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joy Morrison

    One of the highlights of my life as a journalism professor was meeting Dan Schur at NPR 12 years ago. He was my hero and a role model to all reporters and commentators.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. IowaJennie

    What a huge loss to journalism and intelligent discourse in the US. He was a class act. I agree with others that this should be on the front page of the website, perhaps in place of the stories about swapping lunches or drinking beer all day.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. andrew curtis

    While this guy was an extreme left winger, at least he had journalistic integrity. Today's media are basically public relations people for Obama and the democratic party.

    July 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Boulder Liberal

    What a loss to humanity. CNN: Follow in his footsteps; we need many more "fierce journalists" in this age of spineless, false, misleading "journalism."

    July 23, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
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