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A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow.
by Edward R. Murrow

A reporter is always concerned with tomorrow.
There's nothing tangible of yesterday.
All I can say I've done is
agitate the air ten or fifteen minutes
and then boom - it's gone.
- Edward R. Murrow

Related topics: Government Political

Everyone is a prisoner of his own experiences.
No one can eliminate prejudices -
just recognize them.
- Edward R. Murrow PHOTO

The obscure we see eventually.
The completely obvious,
it seems, takes longer.
- Edward R. Murrow

To be persuasive, we must be believable;
to be believable, we must be credible;
to be credible, we must be truthful.
- Edward R. Murrow

 

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home.
- Edward R. Murrow

We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason
if we dig deep in our history and remember
that we are not descended from fearful men,
not from men who feared to write, to speak,
to associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
- Edward R. Murrow

Most truths are so naked
that people feel sorry for them
and cover them up,
at least a little bit.
- Edward R. Murrow

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People say conversation is a lost art;
how often I have wished it were.
- Edward R. Murrow

Fame is morally neutral.
- Edward R. Murrow

Anyone who isn't confused,
really doesn't understand the situation.
- Edward R. Murrow

Good night, and good luck.
- Edward R. Murrow

Just once in a while, let us exalt
the importance of ideas and information.
- Edward R. Murrow

Difficulty is the excuse history never accepts.
- Edward R. Murrow

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world
doesn't mean you are wiser
than when it reached only to the end of the bar.
- Edward R. Murrow

No one can terrorize a whole nation,
unless we are all his accomplices.
- Edward R. Murrow

Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans for solutions.
- Edward R. Murrow

The speed of communications is wondrous to behold.
It is also true that speed can multiply
the distribution of information that we know to be untrue.
- Edward R. Murrow

We cannot make good news out of bad practice.
- Edward R. Murrow

The politician in my country seeks votes,
affection and respect, in that order.
With few notable exceptions,
they are simply men who want to be loved.
- Edward R. Murrow

A satellite has no conscience.
- Edward R. Murrow

We must not confuse dissent with disloyalty.
When the loyal opposition dies,
I think the soul of America dies with it.
- Edward R. Murrow

If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ
in color for a full hour,
there would be a considerable number of stations
which would decline to carry it on the grounds
that a Western or a quiz show would be more profitable.
- Edward R. Murrow

The newest computer can merely compound, at speed,
the oldest problem in the relations between human beings,
and in the end the communicator will be confronted with the old problem,
of what to say and how to say it.
- Edward R. Murrow

We will not walk in fear, one of another.
We are not descended from fearful men,
Not from men who feared to write, to speak,
To associate and to defend causes
which were for the moment unpopular.
This is no time... to keep silent.
- Edward R. Murrow

You can be a great reporter and not be such a great talk show host.
- Dan Abrams

I can't swing a dead cat without hitting a reporter.
- Russel Honore

In the beginning, my mother humored me when I told
her I wanted to be a reporter.
- Jessica Savitch

Things said to a reporter in confidence should be kept in confidence.
- Dorothy Kilgallen

I had - all my life, everybody who knew me thought
that I would probably grow up to be a reporter,
a newspaper reporter because we didn't have much television in those days.
- Bob Schieffer

If a reporter doesn't like the person he's writing about,
it shows up in his article.
- Willie Stargell

I was a finalist for the Pulitzer as a reporter.
- Robert Scheer

Well, you know, in any political campaign,
you're gonna have people on one side that are gonna
slip a reporter something because they think it'll
hurt the guy on the other side.
- Bob Schieffer

If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world,
but I am sure we would be getting reports from Hell before breakfast.
- William Tecumseh Sherman

And I realized that there was no sports reporter,
so I started covering sporting events.
- Ed Bradley

We have entered an era vibrating with the din of small voices.
Every citizen can be a reporter, can take on the powers that be.
- Matt Drudge

I'm a reporter.
I'm not a scholar.
- Peter Jennings

About 25 years ago, I started out as a reporter covering politics.
And that sort of just evolved into organized crime,
because organized crime and politics were the same thing in Boston.
- Howie Carr

If you want to get an education in how to get a story and how to survive,
then get a street reporter job in New York City.
- John Tesh

Being a reporter seems a ticket out to the world.
- Jackie Kennedy

Someday perhaps I'll have to get a grownup job...
but for now I'm having too much fun being a reporter.
- Andrea Mitchell

The reporter wrote with the hope that he would get a by-line in the Times,
a testimony to his being alive on that day and all
the tomorrows of microfilm.
- Gay Talese

I never knew what a reporter looked like.
- Dwayne Andreas

I can't remember a time when I didn't want to be a reporter.
I don't know where I got the idea that it was a romantic calling.
- Charles Kuralt

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth,
he threatens our life with his lies.
- Karl Kraus

I've always thought of myself as a reporter.
- Gwendolyn Brooks

When we make a mistake, it becomes front-page news.
We don't need any reporter telling us how badly we played.
- Willie Stargell

My employer was never at any time aware of anything
in my past beyond the writing I did,
because, frankly, it isn't relevant to the job I was asked to do,
which was to be a reporter.
- Jeff Gannon

Recognition should come to the reporter who uncovers
public cheating or proves a convicted man innocent.
- Phil Donahue

The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence
of some flaw of character.
- Lyndon B. Johnson

I don't think a reporter should give advice or make predictions.
- Peter Jennings

The reporter is the daily prisoner of clocked facts.
On all working days, he is expected to do his best
in one swift swipe at each story.
- Jim Bishop

Well, when you come down to it,
I don't see that a reporter could do much to a president, do you?
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

I'm an expert on the NewsHour and it isn't how I practice journalism.
I am not involved in the story.
I serve only as a reporter or someone asking questions.
I am not the story.
- Jim Lehrer

I was editor of my high school literary magazine and
a reporter for the school newspaper.
- Jeffery Deaver

Report, report, report.
Dig, dig, dig.
Think, think, think.
Don't stop being a reporter because you've become a columnist.
- Allan Sloan

When you look at Clark Kent when he's working at the Daily Planet,
he's a reporter.
He doesn't fly through the air in his glasses and his suit.
- Gene Simmons

I went to Vietnam; it was my first assignment as a reporter for the UPI,
and I never could get away from the war.
- Neil Sheehan

I can remember a reporter asking me for a quote,
and I didn't know what a quote was.
I thought it was some kind of soft drink.
- Joe DiMaggio

Kids are always asked, What are you going to be when
you grow up? I needed an answer.
So instead of saying, a fireman, or a policeman,
I said, a reporter.
- Charles Kuralt

As a reporter, I approach every situation knowing that
everyone has his or her own agenda.
It's not a bad thing; it's just a fact.
- Maria Bartiromo

I've been saying in the press that being a NY Post
investigator reporter is an oxymoron.
- Joe Pantoliano

They put me on the shift where they thought I could do the least harm,
midnight to eight in the morning.
Although the hours were lousy, they were perfect for an apprentice reporter.
- Andrea Mitchell

A reporter discovers, in the course of many years of
interviewing celebrities,
that most actors are more attractive behind a spotlight than over a spot of tea.
- Phyllis Battelle

A Swedish newspaper reporter called and said,
You've been awarded the Prize.
I was quite sure it was a practical joke.
- Joshua Lederberg

I have nothing to do with the selection of stories.
I'm the reporter.
- Kate Adie

I think, though, that people will read into a reporter's
story a bias that they want to see in a reporter.
- Garrett M. Graff

I think that any reporter or columnist will be a little
more careful when doing interviews with me.
- Mark Cuban

I would be lying if I said the journalism doesn't reflect
my own choices as a reporter and a writer:
what to say,
what to emphasize, how to say it, what is true or untrue.
- David Simon

If an investigative reporter finds out that someone
has been robbing the store,
that may be "gotcha" journalism, but it's also good journalism.
- Ben Bradlee

A reporter's ability to keep the bond of confidentiality
often enables him to learn the hidden or secret aspects of government.
- Bob Woodward

It's always unfortunate when a reporter is sent behind
bars for failing to turn over sources.
There's no way to say what the long-term outcome will be.
- Judy Woodruff


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