A child of Belarussian immigrants, Schorr was born in the Bronx in 1916. 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. The paper paid him $5 for the information.
In his autobiography Staying Tuned: A Life In Journalism, Schorr writes that in high school, he was president of the Hebrew Society, managing editor of the senior yearbook, and a member of the History Honor Society and the school paper.
Schorr's 2 1/2-year stay in Moscow culminated in the first-ever exclusive television interview with a Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev — filmed in his Kremlin office in 1957 for CBS' Face the Nation. From left are Khrushchev, the show's host Stuart Novins, journalist B.J. Cutler and Schorr.
From 1957 to 1959, Schorr reported from Washington and the United Nations. He covered Khrushchev's tumultuous tour of the U.S. and the rise of Fidel Castro in Havana, and traveled with President Eisenhower to South America, Asia and Europe.
Broadcast journalist Walter Cronkite stands before a group of television monitors showing the CBS News Correspondents for the show Eyewitness. Schorr is seen at the top right. Also pictured: Charles Kuralt, David Schoenbrun, Marvin Kalb, Winston Brudett and Howard K. Smith.
Schorr appears before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on constitutional rights to testify as the subject of an FBI investigation, on Feb. 1, 1972. The Nixon White House said it ordered the investigation because Schorr was being considered for a federal job — one which Schorr said he knew nothing about.
Schorr appears before the House ethics committee in Washington, on Sept. 15, 1976. Schorr refused to tell the panel the name of the source who leaked a copy of a secret House Intelligence Committee report. Behind him is his wife, Lisbeth.
Schorr is pictured in 1982 with a 10-foot satellite dish in front of his home in Washington, D.C.'s Cleveland Park neighborhood. In 1979, Ted Turner gave him the dish — the first residential one to be installed in the city — after hiring Schorr, then 62, as the marquee correspondent for CNN.