Daniel Schorr, a longtime Washington journalist who broke major stories at home and abroad during the Cold War and Watergate and often stirred controversy with his reporting, has died at 93, NPR reported.
Schorr joined CBS News in 1953, recruited by Edward R. Murrow, and later opened the CBS bureau in Moscow. His first television interview was with Soviet Communist Party leader Nikita Khrushchev in 1957, which aired on “Face the Nation.” He was later denied re-entry to the Soviet Union after leaving the country because of its censorship laws.
He appeared on President Richard M. Nixon’s enemies list in the 1970s and read that list aloud on live TV, apparently being surprised when he came across his own name.
He remained with CBS until 1976, when he became involved in a controversy that ultimately led to his resignation from the network. In that incident he made public a secret report on alleged illegal FBI and CIA activities, and later refused to testify before Congress or to identify his source, citing the First Amendment. His actions angered CBS executives and led to his departure from the network in September 1976.
He later worked for CNN before becoming senior news analyst for NPR.