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DiedAugust 13, 2010, Oxford, United Kingdom
SpouseRigel Grell
FactEdwin M. Newman broke the news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the national NBC Radio audience on Friday, November 22, 1963. He also appeared on NBC television later in the evening with an editorial commentary in which he described the American people as "grossly diminished" by the tragic events in Dallas.

Edwin Harold Newman (January 27, 1919 – August 13, 2010) was an American newscaster, journalist, and author. He was the original co-host of NBC’s The Today Show from 1952 to 1953.

Newman was born in New York City, the son of Myron Newman, a jeweler, and Ruth (née Levy) Newman. He had a sister, Lillian. Newman graduated from the Horace Mann School in 1937 and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin in 1941. He began his broadcasting career while in college, working at Wisconsin radio station WHA.

After graduation, Newman worked as a reporter for United Press in New York City and then served as a war correspondent in the European Theater during World War II. He covered the Normandy landings and the Battle of the Bulge for United Press.

After the war, Newman joined NBC News as a radio newscaster. He soon transitioned to television, becoming one of the original co-hosts of The Today Show in 1952. He left the show after one year to become NBC’s chief foreign correspondent.

During his time at NBC, Newman won several Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award. He is perhaps best remembered for his coverage of the Watergate scandal, which led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974.

After more than 30 years with NBC, Newman retired in 1984. He wrote several books during his retirement, including a memoir, Strictly Personal (1985), and A Civil Tongue (1995), a book on language usage.

Newman died at his home in Oxford, England, on August 13, 2010, at the age of 91.

Newman was married three times. His first wife was Elizabeth (née Taylor) Newman, whom he married in 1941. The couple had two children: Nancy and Peter. Elizabeth died in 1978. Newman married his second wife, Rigel Grell, in 1980. The couple divorced in 1993. Newman’s third wife was Mary (née McGrath) Newman, whom he married in 1994.

Newman had three children: Nancy (born 1942), Peter (born 1944), and Amy (born 1994). He also had four grandchildren.

General Info

Full NameEdwin Newman
DiedAugust 13, 2010, Oxford, United Kingdom
Height1.95 m
ProfessionActor, Journalist, Author, Newscaster
EducationUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison, Louisiana State University, George Washington Educational Campus


SpouseRigel Grell
ChildrenNancy Newman
ParentsMyron Newman, Rose Newman
SiblingsEvelyn Newman, M.W. Newman


AwardsPeabody Award, Evelyn F. Burkey Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming - Performers
TV ShowsNBC Nightly News, NBC Newsbreak

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1Father was Myron Newman, mother was Rose Parker.
2Edwin M. Newman broke the news of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to the national NBC Radio audience on Friday, November 22, 1963. He also appeared on NBC television later in the evening with an editorial commentary in which he described the American people as "grossly diminished" by the tragic events in Dallas.




Saturday Night Live1984TV SeriesSaturday Night News Anchor
Earthlings1984TV MovieNewsperson
American Masters1994TV Series documentaryNarrator


A World's Fair Diary1964TV Movie documentary additional written material


KISSology: The Ultimate KISS Collection Vol. 2 1978-19912007Video documentaryHimself
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Television in America: An Autobiography2002TV Series documentaryHimself
ESPN SportsCentury2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Elvis Meets Nixon1997TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
My Fellow Americans1996Himself
The O'Reilly Factor1996TV SeriesHimself
Weekly World News1996TV SeriesHimself - Host
Murphy Brown1995TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1994TV SeriesHimself
The Pelican Brief1993Himself
Tom Arnold: The Naked Truth 31993TV Special documentaryHimself
Wings1991TV SeriesHimself
One Word, Many Texts1990TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary1989TV SpecialHimself
The New Hollywood Squares1986-1989TV SeriesHimself - Panelist / Himself - Center Square
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Television1988TV Series documentaryNarrator
Civil War: The Fiery Trail1988Video documentary shortNarrator
Mr. Miller Goes to Washington Starring Dennis Miller1988TV MovieHimself
The Golden Girls1987TV SeriesHimself
Super Password1987TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
Mr. Belvedere1987TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live1984-1987TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Co-Host / Himself - Host / ...
Newhart1987TV SeriesHimself
Not Necessarily the News1987TV SeriesHimself
On Trial: Lee Harvey Oswald1986TV Movie documentaryHimself - Narrator
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
Taking Children Seriously1986TV MovieHimself
Spies Like Us1985Himself
Living in Hope1985TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
1984 Presidential Debates1984TV SeriesHimself - Moderator
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1983TV SeriesHimself
Bishops and the Bomb1983TV MovieHimself
Lily for President?1982TV SpecialHimself
Land of Fear, Land of Courage1982TV Movie documentaryHimself
Kids, Drugs, and Alcohol1982TV MovieHimself - Host
Today1963-1982TV SeriesHimself
Ambassadors of Hope1981TV MovieHimself - Host
The David Letterman Show1980TV SeriesHimself
NBC Special Treat1979TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Mike Douglas Show1974-1977TV SeriesHimself - Newsman
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
1976 Presidential Debates1976TV SeriesHimself - Moderator
The Irv Kupcinet Show1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
The Jarvis Collection: Scotland Yard1971TV Movie documentaryHimself - Introduction for Video Release
What's Happening to America1968TV SeriesHost
Expo Observed1967TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
A World's Fair Diary1964TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Kremlin1963TV MovieHimself - Host for Video Release
Actuality Specials1962TV Series documentary
Vietnam - Last Chance1962TV MovieHimself - Correspondent
The Nation's Future1961TV Series documentaryHimself - Moderator
Chet Huntley Reporting1960TV SeriesHimself - Vidiaped in Paris
Edwin Newman Reporting1960TV SeriesHost
World Wide '601960TV SeriesHimself - Additional Commentary / Himself

Archive Footage

The Seventies2015TV Series documentaryHimself - NBC News
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - NBC News / Himself - CBS News
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Ali-Frazier I: One Nation... Divisible2000TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesHimself (newsman) (uncredited)
Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam1987TV Movie documentaryHimself - NBC Newsman


Won Awards

1985ACECableACE AwardsProgram InterviewerFreud (1984)
1983Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming - PerformersKids, Drugs, and Alcohol (1982)

Nominated Awards

1986Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsSpecial Classification of Program AchievementLiving in Hope (1985)
1985ACECableACE AwardsInformational HostFreud (1984)
1984Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming - PerformersBishops and the Bomb (1983)
1982Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Religious Programming - PerformersAmbassadors of Hope (1981)

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