Walter's Perspective: A Memoir of Fifty Years in Chicago TV by Walter Jacobson,Bill Kurtis

By Walter Jacobson,Bill Kurtis

This hugely readable booklet presents a distinct glimpse into the rough-and-tumble Chicago information enterprise as obvious in the course of the eyes of 1 of its mythical avid gamers. From his first information task operating as a legman for Daily News columnist Jack Mabley within the Nineteen Fifties to his later position as a information anchor and political commentator at CBS-owned WBBM, Walter Jacobson battled alongside front traces of an present process dramatic alterations. whereas it's eventually Jacobson’s tale, a memoir of an extended and exclusive (and occasionally hugely arguable) occupation, it's also an insider’s account of the internal workings of Chicago tv information, together with the rankings video games, the method of defining information and selecting tales, the media’s energy and its mess ups, and the meddling through company and community executives.

As a reporter, Jacobson used to be on a regular basis contentious and confrontational. He was once fired on a couple of events and used to be convicted of libeling tobacco corporation Brown and Williamson, leading to a multimillion-dollar federal courtroom judgment opposed to him and CBS. but it was once this gutsy angle that placed him on the best of the scoop video game. With an enticing writing type, Jacobson recollects his interactions with Chicago mayors Richard J. and Richard M. Daley, Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, and Rahm Emanuel; recounts his insurance of such attention-grabbing information tales because the violent 1968 Democratic nationwide conference and the execution of convicted mass assassin John Wayne Gacy; and remembers his reporting on and interviews with Louis Farrakhan, governors George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, and Barack Obama. greater than a memoir, Walter’s Perspective is the intense trip of 1 reporter whose unique profession the altering face of Chicago’s neighborhood news.

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