The 1993 Schooler Lecture was delivered by David Brinkley, broadcast news veteran and host of the ABC Sunday morning news program This Week With David Brinkley on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in the Timken Physical Education Building.
Brinkley's long television journalism career began in 1943 as a White House Correspondent for NBC News. He has had the distinction of reporting on every president since FDR, and has covered every presidential election and nominating convention since 1956. Also in 1956 , Brinkley paired up with NBC anchor Chet Huntley to host The Huntley-Brinkley Report, which ran on the network until Huntley's retirement in July 1970.
Brinkley began his association with ABC in 1981 with the premiere of This Week With David Brinkley, but this affiliation with ABC goes beyond his weekly news program. He has acted as news correspondent and hosted interviews with some of America's most prominent political figures. Brinkley co-anchored national election coverage with Peter Jennings in "The '88 Vote." He also interviewed Ronald Reagan in 1988, as he prepared to leave his presidency, with the news special "Ronald Reagan and David Brinkley: A Farewell Interview."
Leading one of the most celebrated careers in television journalism, Brinkley has received every major broadcasting award. Included among his list of achievements are ten Emmy Awards and two George Foster Peabody Awards.
He has also won the Radio and Television News Directors Association's "Paul White Award" for distinguished service to broadcast journalism; the seventh annual Sol Taishoff Award from the National Press Foundation for excellence in broadcast journalism, and was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' "Television Academy Hall of Fame" in 1989.
Brinkley is the author of the national best seller Washington Goes to War. His education includes study at the University of North Carolina and Vanderbilt University. He also served in the army during World War II.