Daniel Schorr, whose sterling resume includes breaking news during the Cold War and Watergate — and whose work got him on the Nixon Enemies List — is dead.
NPR's senior news analyst, Dan died this morning at a Washington hospital. He was 93 years old.
Dan may have slowed down in recent years, but he was always a delight to chat with, his mind as sharp as ever. Every time I would see him in the hallways, I would ask him, "Didn't you used to be Daniel Schorr?" And we would invariably stop and chat, his sense of humor always intact, his sense of history always evident. You didn't have to agree with him on everything to appreciate everything he meant to the field we spend each day working to improve.
A familiar figure on NPR news programs, he was also a special guest on the Political Junkie segment on Talk of the Nation back in October 2008. You can listen to that show here.
NPR's Alan Greenblatt has this tribute on our Web site's home page.
And Scott Simon, host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, has this fond memory. (How many people remember than Dan was pals with Frank Zappa??)
We'll miss you Dan.