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PBS Legend Robert MacNeil Dead at 93 [Video]

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The journalism world is mourning the loss of Robert MacNeil. The newscaster, who is known for PBS NewsHour, passed away on Friday at 93. He has covered some of the biggest national news, including JFK’s assassination, and has interviewed Martin Luther King Jr., Fidel Castro, and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. His breakthrough came in 1973 with the primetime coverage of the Senate Watergate hearings.

Robert Breckenridge Ware MacNeil was born in Montreal on Jan. 19, 1931, and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Despite initially wanting to be an actor, after graduating from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1955, MacNeil set his sights on journalism, working at ITV in London, Reuters, and NBC News as a correspondent in D.C. and New York City.

MacNeil began covering for the BBC in 1967, hosting Washington Week in Review from 1971 to 1974 on PBS. Following the Senate Watergate hearings, the Emmy Award-winning newscaster teamed with Jim Lehrer, creating the daily evening news program The Robert …

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