Daniel Schorr

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Daniel Schorr (New York City, August 31, 1916 - July 23, 2010) was an American journalist.

In 1985 he became Senior News Analyst at National Public Radio.

Though by no means a fan of rock music, Schorr became friends with composer Frank Zappa after the latter contacted him, asking for help with a voter-registration drive. Perhaps earning the envy of journalists half his age, Schorr made an appearance with Zappa on February 10, 1988, when he sang "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "Summertime". Schorr delivered the eulogy on National Public Radio after Zappa's untimely death on December 4, 1993; he professed not to understand Zappa's lengthy discourses on music theory, but he found a kindred spirit—a serious man with a commitment to free speech.

When Schorr met Richard Nixon several years after his illegal investigation, Nixon responded to Schorr's introduction by saying, "Dan Schorr, damn near hired you once!"

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: Daniel Schorr)

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In 1996, Schorr received the Columbia University Golden Baton for "Exceptional Contributions to Radio and Television Reporting and Commentary." An award that is considered the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. Schorr has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Professional Journalists and in 2002, Schorr was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Schorr published his autobiography, Staying Tuned: A Life in Journalism, in 2001. He also writes a regular column for the Christian Science Monitor and published The Idea of a Free Press in 2006.

See Spartacus on Schorr

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