(7 December 1920 – 4 February 2006) was an American
broadcast news pioneer.
Born in Montreal
, Israel Reuven Frank (he later dropped his first name) earned a bachelor's degree at City College of New York
and a graduate degree in journalism
from Columbia University
. He then worked a reporter at the Newark Evening News
in New Jersey
Frank was a key figure in bringing television news out of the shadow of radio news by emphasizing the importance of visuals in telling stories. His groundbreaking Huntley-Brinkley Report
teamed newscasters Chet Huntley
and David Brinkley
. The national catchphrase "Good night, David" "Good night, Chet" was credited to Frank.
included Emmy Award
-winning report The Tunnel
(1962) about the escape of 59 Germans through a passage under the Berlin Wall
. It received the Emmy Award
for program of the year, the only documentary ever so honored. In the 1970s, he created and was executive producer of Weekend
, a news magazine hosted by Lloyd Dobyns
that originally aired one Saturday a month from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. The program received a Peabody award. Linda Ellerbee
later joined as co-host.
Frank served two tenures as president of NBC News
, from 1968 to 1974 and from 1982 to 1984, and mentored such journalists as Tom Brokaw
, John Chancellor
, Linda Ellerbee
, and Andrea Mitchell
- "Sunshine is a weather report, a flood is news." Frank to Floyd......