5 journalists who got their start covering the JFK assassination

On Nov. 22, 1963, America was changed forever. For the first time, a wide television witnessed the unfolding of a national tragedy. Fifty years later, we still remember the events of that fateful day, and the men who told its story.


On Nov. 22, 1963, America was changed forever. For the first time, a wide television witnessed the unfolding of a national tragedy. Fifty years later, we still remember the events of that fateful day, and the men who told its story. Photo by Carl Mydans/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images

In today's media coverage, a presidential trip is followed in real-time through updates on social media, blogs and 24-hour news channels. Fifty-years ago it was a different story. Television was just beginning as a medium for news, social media didn't exist and there were far fewer citizen journalists. President John F. Kennedy's trip to Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, was still followed closely, but what started as a normal day became anything but. It ended up forever changing the nation, and for five journalists it marked a watershed moment in their careers.

Robert MacNeil


NBC News' Robert MacNeil looks at the KRLD camera thinking it was the NBC camera, following the president's assassination and ensuing media frenzy. Photo by John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

At the time of Mr. Kennedy's trip to Dallas, Robert MacNeil was covering the presidential visit for NBC News. He may have been one of the first people to run into Lee Harvey Oswald after the shooting, but he didn't realize it was Oswald at the time and still isn't positive it was him. MacNeil