Edward R. Murrow (1908-1965) is best known as a CBS broadcaster and producer during the formative years of U.S. radio and television news programs from the 1930s to the 1950s, when radio still dominated the airwaves although television was beginning to make its indelible mark, particularly in the US. Over the decades, numerous publications have portrayed Murrow as one of the architects of U.S. broadcast news, but in the political climate of recent years, he is increasingly viewed as a defender of rights against McCarthy-type witch hunts.
The Life and Work of Edward R. Murrow is an online exhibit featuring Murrow's career from his student days to his work for USIA. Additional essays focus on his private life, on the accomplishments of his wife Janet Brewster Murrow, and on the ‘Murrow Boys,’ the war correspondents who produced many of the hallmark World War II broadcasts. Using photographs, artifacts, and documents from the Edward R. Murrow Papers at the Digital Collections and Archives at Tufts University, the exhibit describes known and lesser-known aspects of Murrow's work and life, placing them in the political and historical context of his career.