Sharon Huntley Kahn discusses her relationship with her father Chester Robert “Chet” Huntley and his career as a journalist. Kahn talks about growing up in Los Angeles, California, where her father worked for CBS Radio and then ABC Radio during the 1940s and 1950s. She recalls the celebration in downtown L.A. when the United States declared the end of World War Two, and she talks at length about the fear that gripped her family and many of their friends during the McCarthy years. Kahn describes her father’s decision to take a job with NBC and move the family to New York. She talks about his relationship with his news anchor partner David Brinkley, and the popularity of their nightly news show, the Huntley-Brinkley Report, which aired on NBC for almost 15 years. She also describes the farm her father owned in New Jersey where he would spend time with his children and grandchildren, and the toll his job took on his health. Kahn recalls the lessons her father taught her about journalistic ethics and integrity, and states how much she admired and respected him. She also mentions the success of Big Sky, Montana, the resort her father founded shortly before his death.
Chester Robert “Chet” Huntley; David Brinkley; Journalism; News reporters; Huntley-Brinkley Report; Columbia Broadcasting System [CBS]; American Broadcasting Corporation [ABC]; National Broadcasting Company [NBC]; Radio journalism; Television journalism; Journalism ethics; Joseph McCarthy; Red Scare; McCarthyism; World War, 1939-1945; Journalists, Montana; Los Angeles, California; New York, New York; Big Sky, Montana
Montana Artists, Authors, and Journalists Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Kahn, Sharon, "Sharon Huntley Kahn Interview, July 10, 2018" (2018). Montana Artists, Authors, and Journalists Oral History Collection. 8.