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5 Aug

Kearns documentary wins regional Emmy

Angela | August 5, 2013

The documentary, “Frank Kearns: American Correspondent,” has won an Emmy in the historical documentary category from the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It was written and directed by SOJ alumnus Gerald Davis (MSJ, 2008; 1975, BSJ) and co-produced by Chip Hitchcock (MSJ, 1985; BSJ, 1976).

The documentary introduces the life and award-winning work of CBS News correspondent and former School of Journalism professor Frank M. Kearns (BA, 1938). In the 1950s, ‘60s and early ‘70s, Kearns was the “go-to guy” at CBS News for dangerous stories in Africa and the Middle East. By his own count, he came face-to-face with death more than 100 times in his career. Dan Rather told a national audience that “Frank Kearns was [a legend] around here.”

Kearns returned to WVU to teach at the School of Journalism from 1971 – 1983.

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