He died last night at his home at the age of 82. Brinkley was born in 1920 and raised in Wilmington, N.C., and began writing for the local paper in high school. He soon graduated to the United Press and by World War II was working for NBC Radio in Washington, D.C. He moved into television and was paired with Chet Huntley at the 1956 political conventions. Their immediate chemistry led to the top-rated Huntley-Brinkley Report on the NBC Network. He left NBC to join ABC and host This Week With David Brinkley. During his career, Brinkley won 10 Emmy awards and three Peabodys.
Veteran TV journalist David Brinkley. His book, Washington Goes to War, was a surprise best-seller last year and has just been released in paperback. The book, based on Brinkley's personal experiences and reflections, told the story of Washington in the early 40s, and how both the government and town itself were transformed by the responsibilities thrust on them as a result of the war.
Television news commentator David Brinkley. For 14 years, starting in 1956, he and Chet Huntley co-anchored "The Huntley-Brinkley Report." He now anchors the Sunday morning ABC news program "This Week with David Brinkley." Brinkley has written an account of how Washington was transformed by America's entry into World War II. The book is titled Washington Goes to War: The Extraordinary Story of the Transformation of a City and a Nation. (Interview by Faith Middleton)