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Broadcast journalist

Joseph Christopher Glenn, American broadcast journalist. Recipient George F. Peabody award, Emmy award, Associated Press award, Action for Children's television award, American Bar Association award, others. Served with United States Army, 1960-1963. Member American Federation television and Radio Artists, Writers Guild American, Mensa, Sigma Delta Chi.


Glenn, Joseph Christopher was born on March 23, 1938 in New York City. Son of Jack and Althea (Hill) Glenn.


Bachelor, University Colorado, 1959.


He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Colorado. His early years in broadcasting were spent working for the American Forces Network while he served in the US Army in 1960. Glenn worked at various radio stations in New York, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C. before joining CBS in 1971.

While at CBS, Glenn worked in a variety of capacities in its news organization. He was a narrator for In the News, a long-running -winning TV news program geared toward children and young people, which aired between the network's Saturday-morning children's shows. Glenn also appeared on camera as an anchor for the short-lived 30 Minutes, a young people's version of 60 Minutes.

He served as an anchor for two of the CBS Radio Network's signature news roundups carried by affiliates in the United States - The World Tonight (now the CBS World News Roundup Late Edition) from 1988 to 1999, and the morning CBS World News Roundup from 1999 until his retirement. Glenn's final morning broadcast occurred on February 23, 2006. From 1982 to 1984, Glenn served as a television news anchor on CBS News Nightwatch, which aired from 2-6 a.m. weekdays.

Glenn made his best-known report on January 28, 1986, when he anchored CBS Radio's live coverage of the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger. Glenn had just signed off—after what was thought to have been a normal launch—when the shuttle disintegrated, killing the seven astronauts on board. "I had to get back on the air real fast to describe that, and had a very difficult time doing that," he recalled.

Glenn and correspondent Frank Mottek (now a reporter at CBS Radio Station KNX) covered the Challenger disaster from that point as a CBS NetAlert bulletin. Glenn was among the first CBS News correspondents to use a personal computer (an Apple II). Glenn continued to play sound clips in his newscasts from carts long after most of the industry had switched to computer-based playback systems.

Glenn, who suffered from liver cancer, died suddenly on October 17, 2006 in Norwalk, Connecticut. Glenn was posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago on November 4.


  • Other Work

    • Reporter, narrator: (television series) Int the News, from 1971. Co-editor: (television series) 30 Minutes, 1978-1982.


Served with United States Army, 1960-1963. Member American Federation television and Radio Artists, Writers Guild American, Mensa, Sigma Delta Chi.


Married Dianne West, March 26, 1960. Children: Rebecca, Lindsay.

Jack Glenn

Althea (Hill) Glenn

Dianne West

Rebecca Glenn

Lindsay Glenn