17 Facts About John Chancellor


John William Chancellor was an American journalist who spent most of his career with NBC News.


John Chancellor covered issues of national importance while on The Huntley-Brinkley Report.


John Chancellor covered the 1957 integration of the Little Rock Central High School, where a young Black girl, Elizabeth Eckford, wanted to attend an integrated school.


John Chancellor's coverage showed the world the white mob that surrounded her.


John Chancellor spent a number of years as a foreign correspondent in Europe, with postings in Vienna, London, Moscow, and Brussels.


In July 1961, John Chancellor replaced Dave Garroway as host of NBC's Today program, a role he filled for fourteen months.


Never comfortable with the soft news focus of Today, John Chancellor asked for, and was granted, a release from his contract with the show in the summer of 1962.

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John Chancellor returned to NBC in 1968 as senior correspondent on the Huntley-Brinkley Report and, two years later when Chet Huntley retired, John Chancellor stepped in to anchor the broadcast, renamed NBC Nightly News, a spot he held from 1970 to 1982; this job became the defining point of his career.


From August 9,1971, to June 4,1976, John Chancellor became the sole weeknight anchor, stationed at the New York NBC headquarters, with Brinkley reduced to contributing pre-recorded commentaries, titled David Brinkley's Journal, about two to three times per week from Washington.


John Chancellor has the distinction of creating the idea of using colors to represent the states won by presidential candidates in presidential elections.


John Chancellor, when asked about the color scheme, sought to tie the British Labour's red to the American Democrats while British Conservatives used blue as their ribbon color.


John Chancellor anchored the Nightly News through April 2,1982, when he was succeeded by a co-anchor team of Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd.


John Chancellor remained on the program, providing editorial commentaries until his retirement from NBC on July 9,1993.


In 1992, John Chancellor was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.


John Chancellor was the narrator of Baseball, a documentary by Ken Burns.


John Chancellor wrote a book, Peril and Promise: A Commentary on America, which was published in 1990.


The author Anne Rivers Siddons gave her first book, a 1975 collection of nonfiction essays, the title John Chancellor Makes Me Cry.