Robert MacNeil Biography (1931-)

Full name, Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil; born January 19, 1931, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; immigrated to the United States, 1963; son of Robert A. S. and Margaret Virginia (maiden name, Oxner) MacNeil; married Rosemarie AnneCopland, 1956 (divorced, 1964); married Jane J. Doherty, May 29, 1965 (divorced, 1983); married Donna P. Richards, October 20, 1984; children: (first marriage) Catherine Anne, Ian B.; (second marriage) Alison N., William H.

Nationality
Canadian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Broadcast journalist
Birth Details
January 19, 1931
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, Let's Go to the Museum, CBC (Canada), 1954
  • News anchor, Scherer-MacNeil Report, WNBC-TV (New York City), 1965-1967
  • Correspondent, Panorama, BBC (England), 1967-1971, 1973-1975
  • (With others) Moderator, Washington Week in Review, National Educational Television, 1972-1973
  • (With Jim Lehrer) Anchor, Robert MacNeil Report, PBS, 1975
  • (With Lehrer) Anchor, MacNeil-Lehrer Report, PBS, 1975-1983
  • (With Lehrer) Anchor, MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, PBS, 1983-1995
  • Also appeared in The Huntley-Brinkley Report.
  • Specials
  • Coanchor, A Public-Affair/Election '71, PBS, 1972
  • Coanchor, America '73, PBS, 1973
  • Correspondent, The Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, BBC (England), 1974
  • Narrator, Slow Fires: On the Preservation of the Human Record (also known as Slow Fires), 1987
  • Host and commentator, Bah, Humbug! The Story of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol " (also known as Bah, Humbug!), PBS, 1994
  • Correspondent for The Whole World Is Watching, PBS; anchor of thespecials The Big Ear and The Right to Bear Arms, both NBC.
  • Miniseries
  • Narrator, The Story of English, 1986
  • Episodic
  • Appeared in an episode of Sesame Street.
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Executive editor, MacNeil-Lehrer Report, PBS, 1975-1983
  • Executive editor, MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour, PBS, 1983-1995
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself (in archive footage), Action: The October Crisis of 1970 (also known as Les evenements d'octobre), 1973
  • Narrator, Some Call It Greed, 1977
  • Himself (in archive footage), The Panama Deception, 1992
  • Himself, Beyond "JFK": The Question of Conspiracy, 1992
  • Player king, Hamlet, Miramax, 2000
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • (With Jim Lehrer) Host, Fifteen Years of MacNeil/Lehrer, PBS, 1990
  • WRITINGS
  • Nonfiction
  • The People Machine: The Influence of Television on American Politics, Harper (New York City), 1968
  • The Right Place at the Right Time (memoir), Little, Brown (Boston,MA), 1982
  • (With Robert McCrum and William Cran) The Story of English (narrative to accompany nine-part public television series), Viking (New York City),1986 revised edition, Penguin Books (New York City), 1993
  • (Editor) The Way We Were: 1963, the Year Kennedy Was Shot (Book ofthe Month Club selection), Carroll & Graf (New York City), 1988
  • Wordstruck: A Memoir, Viking, 1989
  • Eudora Welty: Seeing Black and White, University Press of Mississippi, 1990
  • Contributor of chapters to book. Contributor to journals, including Listener, Harper's, Nation, Travel and Leisure, and TV Guide.
  • Novels
  • Burden of Desire, Doubleday (New York City), 1992
  • The Voyage, Doubleday, 1995
  • Breaking News, Harcourt (New York City), 1999

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • MacNeil's book Wordstruck: A Memoir was adapted as an audio book.
OTHER SOURCES
    Periodicals
    • America, October 21, 1995, p. 12
    • January, December, 1998
    • Maclean's, June 8, 1998, p. 37; August 17, 1998, p. 11
    • Newsweek, October 30, 1995, p. 88
    • U.S. News & World Report, October 19, 1998, p. 58
    Electronic
    • A Tribute to Robert MacNeil, http://www.pbs.org/newshour, October20, 1995

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