Commemoration of Bob Novak and Don Hewitt

Aug, 18th, 2009, Robert David Sanders “Bob” Novak, a syndicated columnist, televison personality, journalist and conservative political commentator passed away because of brain tumor in Washington DC, aged 78.


Highlights of Bob Novak’s career:

1. Mr. Novak is a columnist writing one of the longest-running syndicated columns in the nation called Inside Report since 1963.

2. Mr. Novak travelled to China in 1978 and had an exclusive interview with Deng Tsiao-Peng, which opened the way for normalization of U.S.-China relations.

3. Mr. Novak has written for most of the nation’s periodicals and is currently a contributing editor for Reader’s Digest.

4. Mr. Novak was a commentator for the Cable News Network (CNN) for 25 years and he is also a commentator for FOX News.

5. Mr. Novak is the 2001 winner of the National Press Club’s “Fourth Estate” award for lifetime achievement in journalism.

Just one day after, on Aug, 19th, 2009, another extraordinary American television news producer and executive, the creator of 60 Minutes, the only news program to ever been the nation’s top-ranked television program for five times under Mr. Donald Shepard Hewitt’s leadership, died, aged 86.


Highlights of Don Hewitt’s career:

1. Mr. Hewitt directed the first network television newscast, with anchor Douglas Edwards, on May 3, 1948.

2. Mr. Hewitt produced the first televised presidential debate, in 1960 between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

3. Mr. Hewitt first used cue cards for news anchors, a forerunner of the electronic TelePrompTer executive producer of the first half-hour network TV newscast, anchored by Walter Cronkite, starting in 1963.

4. Mr. Hewitt is the first to use superimpose type on the bottom of the television screen.

5. Mr. Hewitt created “60 Minutes” and was the show’s executive producer for 36 years.

Special thanks to them for bringing us the truths behind news and letting us see the real world. Wish them well and rest in peace!


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