Ed Murrow, already a renowned radio and television broadcaster, confronted Senator Joseph McCarthy in a series of broadcasts in 1953 and ’54. McCarthy had been challenging the government and destroying careers, using Senate hearings and often-fabricated information. Murrow used his influence to broadcast an indictment of McCarthy, using some of the Senator’s own words and recorded images.
In this presentation, Casey Murrow, Ed’s son, will discuss what his father faced in those troubled times and some reactions to his work. He will share historical sources and short video clips from that era.
This presentation was first developed for Landmark College’s Speaker Series. It has been expanded with additional images and new information for this Putney Public Library event.
Casey Murrow has devoted his career to public education as a teacher and leader in programs that support educators in Vermont and nationally. He is a Putney resident.