Charles Kuralt

  • Birth Name: Charles Bishop Kuralt
  • Birth Place: Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
  • Died: July 4, 1997
  • Profession: TV journalist
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Fast Facts

  • At age 14, he was a radio commentator for minor-league baseball and football games in Charlotte, NC; that same year, he won the American Legion "Voice of Democracy" essay contest, which earned him a trip to Washington, D.C., to meet President Harry Truman. His entry was read on CBS radio by Edward R. Murrow.
  • Won a 1956 Ernie Pyle Memorial Award for the human-interest columns he wrote for the Charlotte News.
  • Joined CBS News as a writer in 1957 at age 22; two years later, he was promoted and became the network's youngest correspondent ever.
  • Logged more than a million miles while reporting On the Road pieces, which began airing on CBS News in 1967.
  • Won 13 Emmys, a 1995 Columbia-DuPont Journalism Award and 1985's Broadcaster of the Year Award from the International Radio and Television Society.
  • Honored in March 2000 by the University of North Carolina with the dedication of the Charles Kuralt Learning Center, which features the contents of his Manhattan office.

Awards

  • 1978, Emmy — Outstanding Achievement in Broadcast Journalism: Winner
  • 1975, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner
  • 1968, Peabody — Personal Award: Winner

Relationships

  • Lisa Bowers White — Daughter
  • Ina Bishop Kuralt — Mother
  • Suzanna "Petie" Flosom Baird Kuralt — Wife
  • Wallace Hamilton Kuralt — Father
  • Catherine Kuralt Harris — Sister
  • Patricia Shannon — Significant Other
  • Susan Bowers — Daughter
  • Wallace Kuralt — Brother
  • Sory Guthery — Ex-wife

College

  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States (BA in History, 1955)

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