About the Program
Timothy Gay presents a history of American war reportage during World War II. The author follows five journalists as they reported from the front lines of battle, Walter Cronkite (United Press), Andy Rooney (Stars and Stripes), Homer Bigart (New York Herald Tribune), A.J. Liebling (The New Yorker), and Hal Boyle (Associated Press). Mr. Gay relays that of the five reporters, only Hal Boyle had completed his undergraduate degree at the time and recalls the numerous air bombings and ground operations that the respective journalists covered. Timothy Gay speaks with Chip Cronkite, Walter Cronkite’s son, Tim Wendell, former reporter and editor, USA Today, and David Maraniss, associate editor, Washington Post at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.