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Hughes Day Rudd, American journalist. Decorated Silver Star, Purple Heart, Air medal with 6 clusters.; recipient Emmy award, George Peabody award. Served with Field Artillery Army of the United States, 1941-1945, European Theatre of Operations. Member Sigma Alpha Epsilon.


Rudd, Hughes Day was born on September 14, 1921 in Wichita, Kansas, United States. Son of Hughes Day and Gladys (Burdett) Rudd.


Rudd attended the University of Missouri from 1938 to 1941 before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II.


Rudd was known for his folksy style, gravelly voice, and unimposing sense of humor, often ending his newscasts with human interest stories that sometimes made him break into a chuckle on camera. Following World War II, Rudd began his journalism career writing for several newspapers, including the Kansas City Star, the Minneapolis Tribune and the Rock Springs (Wyo) Daily Rocket and Sunday Miner. Rudd reported from around the world, including tours as a correspondent in Bonn, Berlin, and Moscow.

He was an anchor of the CBS Morning News from 1973 to 1977 when the CBS morning news program was more of a news summary similar to the format of The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. At times, Rudd was paired with various other CBS anchors, including, briefly in 1973, Sally Quinn, and later, Bruce Morton and Richard Threlkeld, the latter two based in Washington. In mid 1979, Rudd was recruited to ABC News by Roone Arledge.

Human interest stories, humorous or touching showender pieces became his hallmark. One of his assignments was as announcer for ABC's Wide World of Sports. Rudd's book, My Escape From the C.I.A. and Other Improbable Events, a collection of quasi-autobiographical fiction, was published in 1966 by E. P. Dutton & Company.

He died of an aneurysm at a hospital in Toulouse. His ashes are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


  • Flying Piper Cubs as an artillery spotter pilot in Africa and Europe, Rudd earned a Purple Heart, six Air Medals and a Silver Star. The awards he won included a George Foster Peabody Award for his creative writing on the CBS Morning News in 1977.


  • Other Work

    • Author: My Escape From the Central Intelligence Agency and Other Improbable Events, 1966. Also numerous articles, stories.


Served with Field Artillery Army of the United States, 1941-1945, European Theatre of Operations. Member Sigma Alpha Epsilon.


Son of Hughes Day and Gladys (Burdett) R. M. Anna Greenwood, April 10, 1956. 1 son, Jon D.

Hughes Day Rudd

Gladys (Burdett) Rudd

Anna Greenwood