He was a TV newscaster for 50 years and the partner of Chet Huntley. He won ten Emmy Awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his career.
He served in the United States Army for two years and was a journalist for a local newspaper.
He co-anchored for the Huntley-Brinkley Report.
He got married to Ann Fischer on October 11, 1946 and after their divorce in 1968, he remarried Susan Adolph on June 10, 1972.
He interviewed Bill Clinton before.