Reuven Frank

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Reuven Frank (7 December 1920 – 4 February 2006) was an American broadcast news pioneer.

Born in Montreal, Quebec, 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.

Frank's documentaries 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.


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