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Reuven Frank, Canadian former broadcast executive. Trustee Edwin E. Aldrin Fund State of New Jersey, 1970-1973. Member Writers Guild American (organizing committee 1954-1956), American Newspaper Guild (Newark News organizing committee 1948-1950).

Background

Frank, Reuven was born on December 7, 1920 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Came to United States, 1940, naturalized, 1943. Son of Moses Zebi Reichenstein and Anna (Rivenovich) Frank.

Education

Student, University College, University Toronto, 1940. Bachelor of Science in Social Scis, College City New York, 1942. Master of Science in Journalism, Columbia, 1947.

Career

Born in Montreal, Quebec, Israel Reuven Frank (he later dropped his first name) earned a bachelor's degree in social science at City College of New York. He served four years in the United States Army during World War II, rising to the rank of sergeant. After completing his studies at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, he worked for three years at the Newark Evening News as a reporter, rewrite man and night city editor.

At the insistence of Gerald Green, he joined NBC News as a writer for the Camel News Caravan in 1950. Frank was a key figure in bringing television news out of the shadow of radio news by emphasizing the importance of visuals in telling stories. He paired Chet Huntley and David Brinkley for the first time to co-anchor NBC's coverage of the 1956 Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

Later that same year, he created the groundbreaking Huntley-Brinkley Report, and was its producer until 1964. The national catchphrase "Good night, David" "Good night, Chet" was credited to Frank. In the 1970s, he created and was executive producer of Weekend, a news magazine hosted by Lloyd Dobyns that originally aired one Saturday a month from 11:30 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

The program received a Peabody award. Linda Ellerbee later joined as co-host. Frank served two tenures as president of NBC News, from 1968 to 1974 and from 1982 to 1984, and mentored such journalists as Tom Brokaw, John Chancellor, Linda Ellerbee, and Andrea Mitchell.

His memoir, Out of Thin Air: The Brief Wonderful Life of Network News, was published in 1991. Frank was a resident of Tenafly, New Jersey. He died of pneumonia on February 4, 2006 at the age of 85.

"Sunshine is a weather report, a flood is news." Frank to Floyd Abrams. "The highest power of television journalism is not in the transmission of information but in the transmission of experience." Collins, Scott (February 7, 2006).

Achievements

  • Frank's documentaries included Emmy Award-winning report The Tunnel (1962) about the escape of 59 Germans through a passage under the Berlin Wall. It received the Emmy Award for program of the year, the only documentary ever so honored.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Writer-producer: Berlin-Window on Fear, 1953, The Road to Spandau, 1954, Outlook. Series, 1956-1959, Time Present, 1959-1960, Chet Huntley Reporting, 1960-1963, Israel The Next Ten Years, 1958, The S-Bahn Stops at Freedom, 1958, The American Stranger, 1958, The Requiem for Mary Jo, 1959, The Big Ear, 1959, Our Man in the Mediterranean, 1959, Where is Abel, Your Brother?, 1960, Our Man in Hong Kong, 1961, The Land, 1961, The Many Faces of Spain, 1962, Our Man in Vienna, 1962, Clear and Present Danger, 1962, The Tunnel, 1962, A Country Called Europe, 1963, The Problem with Water is People, 1963. Executive producer: series Weekend, 1974-1979.

      Executive producer, co-writer: If Japan Can.

      Why Can't We?, 1980, America Works When America Works, 1981, The Biggest Lump of Money in the World, 1985, The Japan They Don't Talk About, 1985, Nuclear Power, in France it Works, 1987.

Views

Quotations: "Sunshine is a weather report, a flood is news." Frank to Floyd Abrams. "The highest power of television journalism is not in the transmission of information but in the transmission of experience.".

Membership

Trustee Edwin E. Aldrin Fund State of New Jersey, 1970-1973. Member Writers Guild American (organizing committee 1954-1956), American Newspaper Guild (Newark News organizing committee 1948-1950).

Connections

Married Bernice Kaplow, June 9, 1946. Children: Peter Solomon, James Aaron.

father:
Moses Zebi Reichenstein Frank

mother:
Anna (Rivenovich) Frank

spouse:
Bernice Kaplow

children:
Peter Solomon Frank

James Aaron Frank