Journalism Is Still Journalism
“I always wanted to be part of the exciting atmosphere surrounding TV news, but I never wanted to be on TV,” said Bob Kur ’70, who ended up working in TV news for nearly 40 years.
So, at IC he immersed himself in writing and producing news for IC’s radio station, WICB. Things changed when an anchorman got sick and Kur had to take his place.
“The next day someone said she’d seen me on the show and appreciated the report I’d done,” he remembers. “That was it—the power of TV.”
Since then, Kur has appeared in front of a lot of television cameras. Joining NBC in 1973, his network positions included correspondent in the Cleveland and Chicago bureaus, national correspondent, and frequent anchor of the Today show’s news desk. On the morning of September 11, 2001, he was on the White House lawn issuing first-hand reports on the terrorist attacks.
He said journalism is still journalism. “Reporting the facts and getting the story right are still more important than getting it first,” he said. “Nowadays, though, much of broadcast reporting is live, with deadlines once an hour on 24-7 news channels. There’s less time to reflect and write.”