03/31/18 8:00am
GARY PAUL GATES

GARY PAUL GATES

The search engine that propels my memory through the “cloud of reminders” that have accumulated over the decades has chosen, on this occasion, to dwell on a summer day in 2015 when I received an e-mail from the editor of this newspaper, Ambrose Clancy, proposing that I write a monthly column for The Reporter. (more…)

01/30/18 4:30pm
COURTESY PHOTO Walter Cronkite. When he turned against American involvement in the Vietnam War, LBJ knew it was a lost cause.

COURTESY PHOTO Walter Cronkite. When he turned against American involvement in the Vietnam War, LBJ knew it was a lost cause.

Fifty years ago this month, Walter Cronkite stepped out of character and took a public stand on the most divisive issue of that era – the war in Vietnam. It was the only time in his long and distinguished career that he used his anchor chair as a bully pulpit. (more…)

01/21/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Homer Bigart in Vietnam.

COURTESY PHOTO Homer Bigart in Vietnam.

No reporter during my lifetime was more admired by his peers than Homer Bigart, who was awarded, along with many other honors, two Pulitzer Prizes for his work as a war correspondent.

By the time I joined the ranks of the ink-stained wretches in the early 1960s, Bigart had such a towering reputation that it was not uncommon to hear colleagues refer to him – without a trace of irony – as “the legendary Homer Bigart.” So I was mildly surprised to learn that he was a late bloomer. (more…)

12/26/15 8:00am
GARY PAUL GATES

GARY PAUL GATES

During my years at CBS News, I had the privilege of working with some of the most celebrated television correspondents in the annals of broadcast journalism. With three of them — Dan Rather, Mike Wallace and Bob Schieffer — I co-authored books that became best-sellers.

But they were just part of the story. I also wrote for news programs anchored by other luminaries, such as Walter Cronkite, Harry Reasoner, Charles Collingwood and Roger Mudd. (more…)