Don McNeill

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Don McNeill (1934 – June 27, 2015) was a Canadian journalist. He was a foreign correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and CBS News.

Life and career[change | change source]

He was born in 1934.[1] He was from St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.[1] He studied at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and Oxford University.[1] At Oxford, he played basketball for an unofficial team he started.[1]

While in the United Kingdom, he worked for the Daily Mail.[1] After returning home to Canada, McNeill began working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He was the CBC's correspondent in Washington, D.C. and worked for Newsmagazine.[1] He reported on the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and the Iranian Revolution for the CBC.[1] McNeil later moved to the United States, where he worked for CBS News until 1987.[1] He was the CBS News correspondent at Moscow.[1] He later worked for Christian Science Monitor Television.[1]

He got a Rhodes Scholarship in 1958.[1] He got a Nieman Fellowship in 1981.[1][2] In 1984, he won the George Polk Award for Network Television Reporting for his "unusual glimpses of Soviet life".[3] He was nominated for the 1988 News & Documentary Emmy Award for "Outstanding Interview/Interviewers - For Programs" as a producer and correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor Reports.[4] He won the 1990 News and Documentary Emmy Award for "Outstanding Informational, Cultural or Historical Programming (segments)" as a correspondent of a World Monitor segment on the Soviet Union.[5][1]

He was a journalism teacher at Boston University.[1]

His wife Sandra Allik produced her husband's Emmy-winning report.[1][5] She once said that his husband's award was "a bigger deal than an Emmy".[1]

He died on June 27, 2015 in Boston, aged 80.[1]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 "N.L. native broke news from around the world". The Telegram. SaltWire Network. October 3, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  2. Jim Stewart (June 22, 2015). ""A roman candle career": Jim Stewart, NF '81, reflects on the tough-minded reporting of his Nieman classmate, Donald McNeill". Nieman Reports. Harvard University.
  3. "14 Journalism Awards Announced by L.I.U.". The New York Times. March 4, 1984. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 23, 2020. Don McNeill, a Moscow-based CBS News correspondent, won the network television reporting award for providing what the citation said were unusual glimpses of Soviet life.
  4. "1988 NATIONAL NEWS AND DOCUMENTARY EMMY AWARDS - THE NOMINATIONS" (PDF) (Press release). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 1989?. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2020-08-27. {{cite press release}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "THE NOMINATIONS - The 1990 News and Documentary Emmy Awards" (PDF) (Press release). National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 1991?. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-07-28. Retrieved 2020-08-27. {{cite press release}}: Check date values in: |date= (help)