Roger Mudd Biography – Roger Mudd Wiki
Roger Harrison Mudd was an American broadcast journalist. He was the documentary host and correspondent for The History Channel from 1995 until he retired in 2004. Between 1961 to 1992, he was a Washington correspondent for CBS News, NBC News, and the MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour on PBS.
Mudd graduated from Wilson High School in 1945. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1945 and served with the 2nd Armored Division. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Lee University in 1950 and his masters in American history from the University of North Carolina in 1951.
Before joining CBS News, Mudd worked at WTOP, a CBS radio and TV affiliate, and for WRNL Radio in Richmond, VA. He joined CBS News as a congressional correspondent in 1961 and was named national affairs correspondent in 1977. He anchored “The CBS Evening News with Roger Mudd” on Saturdays from February 1966 to July 1973 and on Sundays from January 1970 to September 1971.
He left NBC in 1987 for the PBS broadcast “The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour,” where he served as political commentator and reporter. In 1992, he began teaching at Princeton and Washington and Lee Universities while taking a job with The History Channel, from which he retired in 2004 after 10 years as its principal on-air host.
Between 1992 and 1996, he was a visiting professor of politics and the press at Princeton University and Washington and Lee Universities. In 1995, he took a job with The History Channel, from which he retired in 2004 after 10 years as its principal on-air host.
He won the George Foster Peabody award for “The Selling of the Pentagon” in 1970 and for “Teddy” in 1979 and the Barone Award for Distinguished Washington Reporting in 1990.
In 2008, Mudd published his memoir, “The Place to Be: Washington, CBS and the Glory Days of Television News” (Public Affairs).
Roger Mudd Age
He was born on February 9, 1928, in Washington, D.C. He died on March 9, 2021, McLean, Virginia. He was 93 years old.
Roger Mudd Wife
Roger Mudd’s wife of 54 years, Emma Jeanne Spears Mudd, a poet and writer, died in 2011.
Roger Mudd Children
Mudd and E. J. Spears have four children, Daniel Mudd, Maria Mudd-Ruth, Matthew Mudd, and Jonathan Mudd.
Roger Mudd Family
He was pre-deceased by his wife of 54 years, Emma Jeanne Spears Mudd, with whom he had four children, all of whom survive him: Daniel, Maria Mudd-Ruth, Jonathan and Matthew. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Roger Mudd Death
He passed away on March 9, 2021, at the age of 93. Susan Zirinsky, president and senior executive producer of CBS News said in a statement: “Roger was a hero in the CBS News Washington bureau. He was a journalist of enormous integrity and character. He would not budge if he believed he was right and would not compromise his ethical standards. He was an inspiration to all of us in the bureau. On a personal note — I sat directly across from him in the D.C. newsroom — Roger was big, not just in his physical presence but he was larger than life.”
Roger Mudd Cause of Death
He died from complications of kidney failure.
Roger Mudd Net Worth
In the spring of 1964, Mudd broadcast reports for 67 days on the Senate’s debate over the Civil Rights Bill. In those days, reporters were paid a salary, plus fees for each time they appeared on air. He recounted later that his salary went from $400 a week to $2,500.
In 2010, he donated $4 million to his alma mater, Washington and Lee University, to endow a center for ethics that bears his name.