Curtain has fallen on a long-time political journalist Roger Mudd. He is famous for whistle–blowing the Pentagon profligate scandal and stopping senator Kennedy’s oval office prospects after an interview. Roger passed on this morning at his home in McLean due to a kidney failure. For over two decades, Mudd covered Capitol Hill, corruption scandals, and political campaigns for CBS news. Top in his scandalous report is the 1994 Watergate scandal, which led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation.
The political interview that had Kennedy call quits
After an interview with Massachusetts representative senator Kennedy, the whole world witnessed the senator dropping out of the presidential race against Jimmy Carter. Kennedy could not answer Mudd’s interview questions concerning his personal life and family coherently. Other questions like why he wanted to be a president and what made him different from Jimmy Carter led millions of viewers to the impression that he was not ready to guide America. Kennedy came from a political family. His brother John served as president, and his other brother Robert was politically assassinated while campaigning.
He will be remembered for being straightforward and blunt in his anchoring job. He quit CBS after the station failed to promote him. He later worked with NBC but resigned in 1983, citing that the anchoring job was tedious. Mudd’s most significant moments were when he worked as a reporter rather than an anchor. One media writer eulogized him as the best Washington Broadcast Reporter of his time.
His journalistic journey
Roger Mudd was born in February 1928 in Washington. He graduated in 1985 from Woodrow Wilson High School. After his service in the army, Roger graduated from Lee University. Later in 1953, he got a master’s degree from the University of Carolina.
His journalistic career started when he got in Richmond News Leader newspaper and then WRNL, a radio station.
While reading his first news bulletin on Pope Pius XII, Mudd got anxious, stuttered, and misread some of the information. In 1956, he went to Washington to work as a radio and TV reporter for a CBS affiliate WTOP. After five years, Mudd got into the Washington bureau. An aggressive employee, he angered his superiors numerous times when they differed in opinion. He criticized the media for not valuing good coverage, which saw him removed as heir to Cronkite.
He has always lived with his family in McLean. His wife, Emma Jeanne, died in 2011; he is survived by four children, Daniel, Maria, Jonathan, Matthew, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.