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Daniel Schorr, Venerable NPR Newsman, Dead At 93

It's a sad day for the NPR family and journalism in general. Daniel Schorr, the legendary broadcast journalist whose career spanned from the Edward R. Murrow era of the 1950s to news blogs, died Friday at age 93.

Dan’s was a voice well known to regular NPR listeners who since 1985 have heard his analysis during NPR's news programs.

But he was a fixture in American journalism for decades before that, distinguishing himself as both a foreign correspondent who chronicled the Cold War and later, as a stateside reporter who covered, among other stories, the unfolding of the Watergate scandal.

Indeed it was during Watergate that the world learned that Dan held a special status for the operatives in the Nixon White House. He had made it onto President Nixon's infamous "enemies’ list."

Contrary to how the Nixonistas viewed it, journalists saw that as a badge of honor, holding Dan in especially high esteem because of the kind of enemies he made.

Dan was the last surviving broadcast journalist who was one of Murrow's Boys, hired by the iconic newsman who set the standard for broadcast journalism excellence.

A little more detail from our NPR.org obituary.

Schorr was born in the Bronx in 1916, the son of Belorussian immigrants. He got his first scoop at age 12, when he saw the body of a woman who had jumped or fallen from the roof of his apartment building. He called the police — and the Bronx Home News, which paid him $5 for the information.

"It was the first time I'd ever seen a dead person in my life," he told NPR's Robert Siegel in a 2006 interview on All Things Considered marking Schorr's 90th birthday.

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That's where his life in journalism started. And it continued until this year. Until recently, Dan was a presence at NPR headquarters. He could often be seen pushing his walker ahead of him as he headed into a studio to record a segment.

For anyone who loves journalism, and its history, it was really cool sight. And it was even better knowing he was a colleague.

Sometimes when an era ends, it's hard to tell in the moment. It's only later that you realize it.

Not today. All of us know something very important has ended with his passing. And we are sadder for that knowledge. Our sincerest sympathies to his family, friends and fans.