Roger Harrison Mudd passed away at the age of 93. He was an American broadcast journalist who worked as a correspondent for CNBC and NBC News. Additionally, he worked as a narrator for The History Channel.
He once stumped Sen. Edward Kennedy by simply asking why he wanted to be president.
The reason for his demise was kidney failure . He took his last breath at his home in McLean, Virginia.
Starting in 1961, as a broadcaster for CBS, Mudd spent three decades working on the network. He covered Congress, elections, and political conventions and contributed to various specials.
Additionally, he was a part of “MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour” and “History Channel” for PBS.
“I think they regard news and information and fact and opinion with a reverence and respect that really is admirable”, Mudd said The Associated Press in 1987.
In a memoir, “The Place To Be,” he described the challenges he faced while he was working in Washington. The memoir was published in early 2008.
In November 1979, Mudd’s CBS special “CBS Reports: Teddy” received a George Foster Peabody Award.
Mudd once questioned to the Massachusetts senator Edward Kennedy, “Why do you want to be president?”
Kennedy answered,”Well, I’m, uh, were I to make the announcement to run, the reasons that I would run is because I have a great belief in this country. … We’re facing complex issues and problems in this nation at this time but we have faced similar challenges at other times. … And I would basically feel that it’s imperative for this country to move forward, that it can’t stand still, for otherwise, it moves backward.”
“On the stump Kennedy can be dominating, imposing and masterful, but off the stump, in personal interviews, he can become stilted, elliptical and at times appear as if he really doesn’t want America to get to know him”, Mudd told this to his viewers.
“NewsHour” employed Mudd for five years as a senior correspondent, essayist, and occasional anchor. His show included reports on American history and education, such as “Learning in America: Schools That Work” and “The Wizard: Thomas Alva Edison.”
In 1992 he left ‘Newshour’ and started teaching journalism at Princeton University
He earned the Joan Shorenstein Barone Award for outstanding reporting on Washington in 1990.
About his education, Mudd received an honorary doctorate from Washington in 1977. In 1951 he received his master’s degree in American History from the University of North Carolina.
Mudd was born in Washington. Samuel Mudd was a distant relative of Roger. During Lincoln’s assassination event, Samuel Mudd got arrested for treating the injured John Wilkes Booth.
Samuel claimed he had no knowledge of the killing when he aided Booth.