his four decades in broadcast news, John Palmer has won numerous
honors, including the Overseas Press Club Award and two Emmy Awards.
He has covered breaking stories throughout the world. As White House
correspondent for NBC News, he covered Presidents Carter, Reagan,
Clinton, and George W. Bush. Palmer also served as news anchor for
the Today show in New York for seven years, hosted the weekly
Discovery Journal for the Discovery channel, and anchored
World Monitor, the Christian Science Monitorís national news
broadcast. He retired from NBC News in February 2002 to pursue other
broadcasting projects and speaking engagements.
his broadcasting career in 1960 as a reporter and anchor at WSB-TV
News in Atlanta, and he joined NBC News in Chicago in 1962. He has
since been based in New York, Tel Aviv, Beirut, Paris, and Washington.
Working in Beirut in the early 1970s, Palmer covered the 1973 Arab-Israeli
war, the Arab oil embargo, the war in Cyprus, and the civil war
in Angola. His coverage of the fighting in Lebanon won him the National
Headliners Award. From 1976 to 1979 he was based in Paris with NBC
In 1980, broadcasting
live from the White House, Palmer delivered the first news reports
of the aborted rescue attempt of American hostages in Iran. For
breaking that story and for his subsequent reporting, Palmerís colleagues
in the White House press corps honored him with the Merriman Smith
Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage. He
was the first broadcast journalist to receive the coveted award.
In 1986 Palmer
anchored the first hours of NBCís coverage of the Challenger space
shuttle tragedy, one of his many NBC News special reports. In 1988
he wrote and anchored the highly acclaimed one-hour NBC News documentary
"The Pension Cookie Jar."
During the 1990
season Palmer anchored the nationally syndicated television program
Instant Recall, interviewing notable figures on the worldwide
stage. From 1992 to 1994 he was a television anchor and correspondent
for the Monitor network; he rejoined NBC News in 1995.
A native of
Kingsport, Tennessee, Palmer graduated from Northwestern University
and earned a masterís degree from Columbia University. He has received
several honorary doctorates. Palmer lives in Washington with his
wife, Nancy, and their three daughters, Molly, Carter, and Hope.