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Hugh Malcolm Downs

Hugh Malcolm Downs was American radio and television broadcaster. Chairman board governors National Space Society; chairman United States committee for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

Background

  • Downs, Hugh Malcolm was born on February 14, 1921 in Akron, Ohio, United States. Son of Milton Howard and Edith (Hick) Downs.

  • Education

    • Student, Bluffton College, Ohio, 1939. Student, Wayne State University, 1941. Student, Columbia, 1956.

    Career

    • Staff announcer radio station WLOK, Lima, Ohio, 1939, program director, 1939-1940. Staff announcer radio station WWJ, Detroit, 1940-1942, NBC, Chicago, 1943-1954. Co-host 20/20 ABC News, 1978-1999.

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      Special consultant United Nations on refugee problems Middle East, 1961-1964. Consultant Center for Study Democratic Institutions. Chairman board Raylin Productions, Inc., since 1960.

    Works

    • Greater Phoenix: The Desert in Bloom (Urban Tapestry Series)
    • "Hugh Downs, coanchor of ABC's 20/20 and author of the introduction to Greater Phoenix: The Desert in Bloom, writes that his chosen hometown is somewhat misunderstood: "Outsiders think that Phoenix is a dusty and hot backwater, a cowboy town that clings to its Wild West heritage.

    Membership

    Chairman board governors National Space Society. Chairman United States committee for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

    Connections

    • Married Ruth Shaheen, February 20, 1944. Children– Hugh Raymond, Deirdre Lynn.
    Hugh Malcolm Downs
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    Born February 14, 1921
    • 1939
      Bluffton College
    • 1941
      Wayne State University
    • 1956
      Columbia
    • 1939
      Staff announcer radio station WLOK
      Lima, Peru, Peru
    • 1940 - 1942
      staff announcer radio station WWJ
      Detroit, Michigan, United States
    • 1943 - 1954
      staff announcer radio station WWJ
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1978 - 1999
      co-host 20/20 American Broadcasting Company News
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