LOS ANGELES – Sander Vanocur, a television newsman who is currently experiencing political events to assassinate, the Vietnam War on the Civil Rights Movement.
Vanocur died Monday night in Santa Barbara, California, said Chris Vanocur. He was 91. He had been dealing with dementia in recent years.
In the 1960s, Vanocur was a questioner at the first presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960, then covered Kennedy's Administration as a White House correspondent.
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"His storied career put him on the front lines of the greatest political stories of the world." Chuck Todd said in a Tuesday's segment of the story.
Robert F. Kennedy at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles where he was assassinated shortly after winning the California Democratic Primary in 1
Vanocur is probably the most familiar to TV viewers from his reporting on the floor of political conventions, including the Violent 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. He and three NBC colleagues who reported on the conventions, Frank McGee, John Chancellor and Edwin Newman, became known as the Four Horsemen. Vanocur was the last survivor of the four.
He was the last survivor of the four questioners at the Nixon-Kennedy debate. Vanocur said he had a front-row seat in his twentieth century, but he did not like it.
"We did not know what it looked like, "Vanocur said in a 2011 interview.
In 1977, Vanocur was hired by ABC News, where he served as a correspondent until 1991. He was the moderator at another historic debate in the 1984 vice presidential contest between George HW
Born in Cleveland, Vanocur moved to Peoria, Illinois when he was 12, and earned a degree in Political Science from Northwestern University in 1950.
[GeraldineFerraroBushandGeraldineFerraro19659003] He served in the US Army in Europe and attended the London School of Economics, beginning his journalism career while in England. His son said he was sold when he wrote a letter to the editor that appeared in the Manchester Guardian.
"Once he saw his name in print, his career changed," said Chris Vanocur, who is a television journalist.
19659003] Vanocur returned to the US and covered city news for The New York Times then landed at NBC in the late 1950s.
Politics and was taken up much of his time, but the civil rights issue was Vanocur's favorite subject to cover, his son said, because he believed in the cause.
In 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, interviewed 11 months before King was assassinated, leading a long discussion about the struggles in his move forward after a decade.
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Vanocur left NBC in 1971 and worked for PBS and the Washington Post before landing at ABC News, where he would serve as a correspondent in Buenos Aires,
He married fashion designer and writer Edith Pick in 1956 and had two sons, Chris and Nicholas, who died in 2015. Pick died in 1975, and soon after Vanocur married Virginia Backus Van ocur, who was his wife for 44 years until his death.
Vanocur is also a Dodgy Wood Hicks survivor.