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John Chancellor  NBC Nightly News Closed Circuit, Nov. 1980
John Chancellor NBC Nightly News Closed Circuit, Nov. 1980
Published: 2011/07/29
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Brokaw on John Chancellor
Brokaw on John Chancellor
Published: 2015/11/19
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
NBC News John Chancellor reports Saturday Night Massacre
NBC News John Chancellor reports Saturday Night Massacre
Published: 2016/08/09
Channel: John O'Leary
NBC 1996 July 12 John Chancellor Retrospective
NBC 1996 July 12 John Chancellor Retrospective
Published: 2013/03/02
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1974 - NBC News Special Report with John Chancellor BLOOPER
1974 - NBC News Special Report with John Chancellor BLOOPER
Published: 2010/03/04
Channel: MUSICOM PRODUCTIONS
Robert MacNeil on John Chancellor - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Robert MacNeil on John Chancellor - EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Published: 2016/02/01
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor and David Brinkley (1978)
NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor and David Brinkley (1978)
Published: 2011/07/29
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1992 - John Chancellor Zings Dave )
1992 - John Chancellor Zings Dave )
Published: 2012/02/03
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NBC Network - NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor - "David Brinkley
NBC Network - NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor - "David Brinkley 'Retirement' Tribute" (1981)
Published: 2014/07/05
Channel: The Museum of Classic Chicago Television (www.FuzzyMemories.TV)
NBC News On-Air Gaffes 1970s
NBC News On-Air Gaffes 1970s
Published: 2008/12/28
Channel: VintageTelevision
NBC Nightly News with commercials (August 16, 1977)
NBC Nightly News with commercials (August 16, 1977)
Published: 2016/01/17
Channel: Michael Pannoni
01101991 Letterman John Chancellor & 01111984 Linda Ellerbee
01101991 Letterman John Chancellor & 01111984 Linda Ellerbee
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Nathalie Fourton
John Chancellor interview: He is delightful and insightful! Really worth watching.
John Chancellor interview: He is delightful and insightful! Really worth watching.
Published: 2017/05/29
Channel: Eileen Prose
The Death of John Lennon - NBC Nightly News - 12.09.80
The Death of John Lennon - NBC Nightly News - 12.09.80
Published: 2013/12/06
Channel: Lottoman17
Barbara Walters on John Chancellor
Barbara Walters on John Chancellor's discomfort as a Today show host
Published: 2009/08/27
Channel: FoundationINTERVIEWS
April 6, 1981 - John Chancellor & Roger Mudd
April 6, 1981 - John Chancellor & Roger Mudd 'NBC Nightly News' Promo
Published: 2016/09/13
Channel: TheClassicSports
The Science of Spying 1965
The Science of Spying 1965
Published: 2011/07/03
Channel: Cryptome1
John Chancellor speaking at UCLA 10/11/1965
John Chancellor speaking at UCLA 10/11/1965
Published: 2013/12/30
Channel: UCLACommStudies
'KPNX-TV News Promo' featuring NBC Anchor, John Chancellor (1981)
Published: 2015/02/01
Channel: Lottoman17
20 Years Since We Loss NBC News Icon John Chancellor
20 Years Since We Loss NBC News Icon John Chancellor
Published: 2016/07/12
Channel: Spencer Karter
Outtakes: John Chancellor Introduction to NBC
Outtakes: John Chancellor Introduction to NBC's "Day in the Life of the President"
Published: 2011/06/28
Channel: NixonWhiteHouseTapes
NBC Network - NBC Nightly News - "Navstar (GPS)" & Ending (1978)
NBC Network - NBC Nightly News - "Navstar (GPS)" & Ending (1978)
Published: 2016/07/23
Channel: The Museum of Classic Chicago Television (www.FuzzyMemories.TV)
John Chancellor, defensa del Delfín de Manta.
John Chancellor, defensa del Delfín de Manta.
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Gonzalo Ochoas
The 2014 John Chancellor Award Dinner & Ceremony Honoring Martin Smith
The 2014 John Chancellor Award Dinner & Ceremony Honoring Martin Smith
Published: 2014/11/19
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
PLEASE SHARE: John Chancellor - commentary on gun control. A 1989 Segment from NBC NIGHTLY NEWS.
PLEASE SHARE: John Chancellor - commentary on gun control. A 1989 Segment from NBC NIGHTLY NEWS.
Published: 2016/04/25
Channel: Peter Gong
2016 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism - Gwen Ifill
2016 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism - Gwen Ifill
Published: 2017/03/23
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
John Chancellor short space report
John Chancellor short space report
Published: 2012/05/25
Channel: Alex Aslanidis
Full Jon Ralston interview with Chancellor John White
Full Jon Ralston interview with Chancellor John White
Published: 2016/09/13
Channel: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas
NBC News Leadoff Trailer, July 22, 1977, Johnstown Flood
NBC News Leadoff Trailer, July 22, 1977, Johnstown Flood
Published: 2008/01/20
Channel: Snapshots Of The Past
04-05-1989 Letterman John Chancellor Phil Hartman Lea Marlena Murray
04-05-1989 Letterman John Chancellor Phil Hartman Lea Marlena Murray
Published: 2014/06/17
Channel: Zschim
John Chancellor Makes Me Cry Audiobook
John Chancellor Makes Me Cry Audiobook
Published: 2016/09/19
Channel: Jasper Minton
John Chancellor and Dan Miller
John Chancellor and Dan Miller
Published: 2008/05/04
Channel: georgia202
ZAMFIR PANFLUTE -
ZAMFIR PANFLUTE - 'Missing' / JOHN CHANCELLOR Paintings - Marine Landscape
Published: 2010/08/28
Channel: Laurentziu Rosu
John Chancellor Makes Me Cry
John Chancellor Makes Me Cry
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: Mrs. Loghin
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
John Chancellor & Dan Pattir: Camp David Talks
John Chancellor & Dan Pattir: Camp David Talks
Published: 2017/03/19
Channel: pauljeser
geico commercial john chancellor
geico commercial john chancellor
Published: 2015/08/21
Channel: Zack & Lara Spencer 2003
04-25-1990 Letterman Howard Stern, John Chancellor, Pat Metheny
04-25-1990 Letterman Howard Stern, John Chancellor, Pat Metheny
Published: 2015/03/08
Channel: Zschim
Discussion with the 2008 John Chancellor Award winners
Discussion with the 2008 John Chancellor Award winners
Published: 2008/11/25
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony - Robert S. Ford
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony - Robert S. Ford
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
John Chancellor
John Chancellor
Published: 2013/08/08
Channel: carolina freihof
04041990 Letterman William Harm & 04051989 John Chancellor Phil Hartman Lea Marlena Murray
04041990 Letterman William Harm & 04051989 John Chancellor Phil Hartman Lea Marlena Murray
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Lidia Velasco
John Chancellor.AVI
John Chancellor.AVI
Published: 2010/03/02
Channel: adkmountainrun
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony - Ira A. Lipman & Alissa J. Rubin
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony - Ira A. Lipman & Alissa J. Rubin
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
11-02-1988 Letterman John Chancellor Stupid Pet Tricks
11-02-1988 Letterman John Chancellor Stupid Pet Tricks
Published: 2015/08/20
Channel: CassandraK TVentura
Best Electric Callus Remover Review By John Chancellor
Best Electric Callus Remover Review By John Chancellor
Published: 2015/03/12
Channel: Foot Love
The Destruction Of Black Civilization - Dr. Chancellor Williams & Dr. John G. Jackson
The Destruction Of Black Civilization - Dr. Chancellor Williams & Dr. John G. Jackson
Published: 2013/09/24
Channel: The Real Black Atheist Library
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony -  Susan Chira
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony - Susan Chira
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
John Chancellor on Camp Checkmate
John Chancellor on Camp Checkmate
Published: 2010/06/18
Channel: websitemagnetics
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony - Dean Baquet
2015 John Chancellor Award Ceremony - Dean Baquet
Published: 2015/12/03
Channel: Columbia Journalism School
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John Chancellor
John Chancellor White House1970.jpg
Chancellor at the White House in 1970
Born John William Chancellor
(1927-07-14)July 14, 1927
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died July 12, 1996(1996-07-12) (aged 68)
Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist
Years active 1952–1993
Known for Today (1961-1962)
NBC Nightly News
Anchor (1970–1982)
Editor/Commentator (1982–1993)
Spouse(s) Connie Chancellor[1]
Barbara Upshaw (second wife)
Children 3

John William Chancellor (July 14, 1927 – July 12, 1996) was an American journalist who spent most of his career with NBC News. He served as anchor of the NBC Nightly News from 1970 to 1982 and continued to do editorials and commentaries for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw until 1993.

Early career[edit]

Chancellor attended the University of Illinois Navy Pier campus (precursor to UIC) which specified completing the last two years of instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1949. Originally a copy boy at 14 for the Chicago Daily News and hired in 1947 to be a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times, he started his career in local television in Chicago, eventually turning to national television news as a correspondent on NBC's evening newscast, the Huntley-Brinkley Report.

Early years, NBC/Voice of America[edit]

John Chancellor, Frank Blair and Edwin Newman in The Today Show, 1961.

Chancellor covered issues of national importance while on The Huntley-Brinkley Report, such as the 1957 integration of the Little Rock Central High School. He spent a number of years as a foreign correspondent in Europe, with postings in Vienna, London, Moscow, and Brussels (NATO Headquarters).

In July 1961, Chancellor replaced Dave Garroway as host of NBC's Today program, a role he filled for fourteen months. Never comfortable with the genial persona required of a Today anchor, Chancellor asked for, and was granted, a release from his contract with the show in the summer of 1962. He left the program in September, and assumed a role as political correspondent for NBC News. He, Frank McGee, Edwin Newman, and Sander Vanocur comprised a team that covered the national political conventions in the 1960s so well, they were dubbed by industry observers as the "Four Horsemen."

At the 1964 Republican National Convention, he was arrested for refusing to cede his spot on the floor to "Goldwater Girls," supporters of the Republican presidential candidate, Barry Goldwater. When security came to get him, he was forced to sign off: "I've been promised bail, ladies and gentlemen, by my office. This is John Chancellor, somewhere in custody." He then became the director of the Voice of America in 1965, at the request of President Lyndon Johnson, a spot he held until 1967.

Anchor, NBC Nightly News[edit]

However, he returned to NBC in 1968 as senior correspondent on the Huntley-Brinkley Report and, two years later, became an anchor on the NBC Nightly News, a spot he held from 1970 to 1982; this job became the defining point of his career. Inaugurating the name and setting the pace of the format of Nightly News, from 1970 to 1971, Chancellor, along with David Brinkley and Frank McGee, was one of three anchors who rotated in a co-anchor duo format, held over from Huntley-Brinkley. NBC arranged the rotation by having McGee always broadcast from New York City and Brinkley continue at his customary Washington desk. If McGee did not anchor on a broadcast, Chancellor did from New York; if Brinkley did not, Chancellor filled in from Washington. NBC did not have separate weekend anchors during this period, as it had just inaugurated a Sunday evening newscast in August 1970, so this format was employed seven days a week.

A perceived lack of stability in this arrangement prompted NBC to go with Chancellor full-time (McGee later moved to The Today Show). From August 9, 1971 to June 4, 1976, Chancellor became the sole weeknight anchor (Garrick Utley and others took over weekend duties), 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. Facing the continued popularity of top-rated CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, NBC Nightly News returned to a co-anchor format from June 7, 1976 until October 9, 1979 with Brinkley resuming his old role at the NBC Washington desk; internal disputes within NBC management prompted the network to remove Brinkley from Nightly News, assigning him to occasional documentaries until his departure for ABC in 1981.

Although Chancellor was a respected, well-spoken journalist and noted author in his own right, his broadcast ratings were eclipsed by Walter Cronkite in the 1970s, when CBS Evening News had become the most popular of the three network weeknight broadcasts. Toward the end of Chancellor's tenure, ABC, for the first time ever, became competitive with NBC and CBS with its World News Tonight.

"Red" and "blue" state concepts[edit]

Chancellor has the distinction of creating the idea of using colors to represent the states won by presidential candidates in presidential elections. For the 1976 presidential election Chancellor suggested to his network's engineers that they create a large electronic map of the United States and place it in the network's election-night news studio. If Jimmy Carter, the Democratic candidate, won a state it would light up in blue; if Gerald Ford, the Republican candidate, carried a state it would light up in red.[2] During the following presidential election in 1980, Jimmy Carter was denoted by red, while states won by Reagan were colored blue.[3]

Television career[edit]

Later years, post-Nightly News[edit]

Chancellor anchored the Nightly News through April 2, 1982, when he was succeeded by a co-anchor team of Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd. Chancellor remained on the program, providing editorial commentaries before retiring from NBC on July 9, 1993.

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

Chancellor was the narrator of Baseball, a documentary by Ken Burns.[4] He also wrote a book, Peril and Promise, which was published in 1991. The John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism[5] was established in 1995 and administered by the Annenberg Public Policy Center until 2004. It is now awarded by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Death[edit]

Upon retiring, Chancellor moved to New Jersey, where he died of stomach cancer in 1996. Chancellor was survived by the former Barbara Upshaw, his second wife. He had two daughters and a son.

Accolades[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Dave Garroway
Today Show Host
July 17, 1961 – September 14, 1962
Succeeded by
Hugh Downs and Barbara Walters
Preceded by
Chet Huntley and David Brinkley, The Huntley-Brinkley Report
NBC Nightly News Anchor
August 1, 1970 – April 2, 1982
(with David Brinkley and Frank McGee until August 8, 1971,
solely until June 4, 1976, again with Brinkley
until October 9, 1979, and with Washington sub-anchor Roger Mudd from November 17, 1980 until April 2, 1982.)
Succeeded by
Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd

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