CBS News’ Bernie Birnbaum Passes Away at 89

Nov 30, 2009  •  Post A Comment

CBS News producer Bernie Birnbaum, a longtime collaborator with Charles Kuralt, died over the Thanksgiving holiday at age 89, TVNewser reports.

Birnbaum joined CBS in 1951. He worked as a producer on Walter Cronkite’s “CBS Evening News,” produced specials including the four-part “CBS News Inquiry: The Warren Report” and numerous special reports on Vietnam, and later was senior producer of “On the Road With Charles Kuralt.”

Their 1964 “Christmas in Appalachia” special on unemployed Kentucky miners prompted an outpouring of support and may have played a role in helping shape President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty.

–Elizabeth Jensen


  1. Bernie made many valuable contributions to the profession and we were the beneficiaries of his many superlative accomplishments.
    We need more like him…sadly they are few are far between today.
    Peter Bright

  2. Interesting thoughts here. I appreciate you taking the time to share them with us all. It’s people like you that make my day 🙂

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