Reuven Frank, once described by New York Times TV writer Bill Carter as one of the founding fathers of broadcast journalism "who made up the rule book of television news as they went along," has died of complications from pneumonia in Englewood, New Jersey at the age of 85. He is credited with pairing Chet Huntley and David Brinkley on NBC's nightly newscast in 1958 and later installing Tom Brokaw at the anchor's desk. In a statement on Monday, Brokaw said, "I am forever grateful for what I learned from him. Reuven had an uncanny ability to balance the serious imperatives of journalism with a keen appreciation for the absurd. As a result he was always not just wise, but entertaining. When he later selected me to be the sole anchor of The NBC Nightly News, I was personally grateful and professionally proud to have earned his trust."




07/02/2006