University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Watson Papers, 1955-2016



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Watson, George 1936-
Title: Watson, George, Papers
Dates: 1955-2016
Abstract: News report transcripts, ABC News and CNN press materials, photographs, press badges, newspaper clippings, books, correspondence, and videos document the career of George Watson.
Accession No.: 2016-270, 2016-370
OCLC No.: 972644623
Extent: 27 ft.
Language: Materials are primarily written in English. In addition, materials also are written in Russian, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Chinese.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Journalist George Watson who worked as a television correspondent, broadcast producer, and network executive for more than 40 years. He retired as vice president of ABC News and was then its longest serving Washington bureau chief. While attending Harvard College, he was managing editor of the Harvard Crimson and graduated with honors in American History and Literature. After attending Harvard, Watson became a reporter for the Detroit News and left to attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. After graduating from Columbia University, Watson joined the Washington Post as a reporter.

In 1962, he began his career in broadcasting at ABC News in Washington, D.C., where he worked as a writer for the radio broadcast "Edward P. Morgan and the News." Between 1965-1968, he was an ABC News correspondent and was shortly thereafter named correspondent and bureau chief in Moscow. On special assignment in 1968 and 1970, Watson covered some of the heaviest fighting in Vietnam and Cambodia. Watson was named chief correspondent and bureau chief in London in 1970. For the next six years, he covered major news events around the world from his base in Britain, including President Nixon's trip to Moscow, the Middle East war of 1973, and the conflict in Northern Ireland. His ABC News special "Terror in Northern Ireland" won an Overseas Press Club Award for Best Foreign Affairs Documentary. While in London, he was president of the Association of American Correspondents.

After ten years overseas as a foreign correspondent, Watson returned to Washington, D.C. in 1975 as ABC's White House correspondent. In 1976, he moved into network news management and was named a vice president and Washington bureau chief. In 1980, Watson left ABC News to become vice president and managing editor of the Cable News Network (CNN), where he was engaged in its launch and early development. Watson was the executive-in-charge of political party convention coverage, and reported on-air during CNN's first political convention in 1980. He also moderated three one-hour interview programs on a weekly basis for the new network.

Watson returned to ABC News in 1981 and served for the next four years as vice president of ABC News in New York. He was the first network executive responsible for overseeing the policies, standards, and practices that apply to news programs. In that capacity he developed and produced "Viewpoint," a program designed to provide a forum for viewer criticism of ABC News in particular and broadcast journalism in general. During his supervision of "Viewpoint," the program won every major award in broadcasting, including an Emmy, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism.

In 1985 Watson returned to Washington for his second tour there as vice president and bureau chief. During his tenure, he was heavily involved in the conflict between the press and the Pentagon over war coverage; with the Supreme Court over early release decisions; in the creation of "Nightline;" in Congressional hearings about election coverage, exit polls, and the timing the broadcast of election results; and with the coverage of the war with Iraq over its invasion of Kuwait.

Watson was a director of the Committee to Protect Journalists for more than a decade, from 1982-1993. He formally retired as bureau chief in 1993 and for the next eight years, returned to on-air broadcasting as senior contributing editor, supplying commentary and analysis for both radio and the network's late night broadcast, "World News Now."

George Watson married Ellen Havican Bradley and they together had two children, Ellen Havican Watson and George Henry Watson III.


Scope and Contents

News report transcripts, ABC News and CNN press materials, photographs, press badges, newspaper clippings, books, and correspondence document the career of George Watson. ABC News television and radio report transcripts and field notes cover Watson's reporting of locations including the Soviet Union, England, and Washington, D.C. The collection also includes film and VHS video clips of Watson's broadcasts, personal photographs taken of the countries Watson visted while reporting, and other news reporters or cameramen. The newspaper clippings are articles written by Watson or articles written about Watson's foreign reports. The press badges include police credentials, White House and Congressional access, special media events, and membership cards to the National Press Club, the Overseas Press Club, Society of Professional Journalists, and the Committee to Protect Journalists. Books included in the collection cite Watson's work as a journalist and include two memoirs written by Watson about his career as a journalist.

Scrapbooks containing lapel pins collected from the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, and various events attended by Watson were separated to the Artifacts Collection.


 

Organization and Arrangement

The George Watson Papers are arranged by the creator's original order and subject matter.

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use of audio and video material by appointment only; please contact the audio and moving image archivist, Justin Kovar[justinkovar@utexas.edu], for more information.

Social security numbers and medical record material are restricted to protect confidentiality and privacy.

Use Restrictions

This collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Watson, George, 1936- .
Clinton, Bill, 1946- .
Reagan, Ronald.
Subjects (Organizations)
ABC News.
ABC News. Nightline.
Cable News Network.
Committee to Protect Journalists.
Irish Republican Army--On television.
Subjects
Journalism--20th century.
Journalism--Anecdotes.
Journalism and public relations--United States.
Journalism--Europe.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Mass media and the war.
Soviet Union--Civilization--Foreign public opinion.
Social conflict--Northern Ireland--Public opinion.
Current affairs series.
Presidential campaigns.
Politics--United States.
Places
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
Moscow (Russia)
Washington (D.C.)
Vietnam.
London (England)
People's Republic of China.
Europe.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Watson Papers, 1955-2016, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Selena Aleman and Jennifer Allen, January 2017.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Film, Videotapes, CDs

"ABC Evening News" - "World News Tonight"
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2016-270/1 "By these presents be it known."
1/4 inch audio tape
Geo. Watson CQT Tape, 1966
1/4 inch audio tape
Rostov Restaurant Band, "Hello Dolly"
1/4 inch audio tape
Intourist Speil - Trans-Siberian
1/4 inch audio tape
Roll #2, containing: Soldiers Singing and Marching; White Bears Kilimanjaro; Katusha; Buchenwald Bells; "A Soldier He is Such" (as troops march by)
1/4 inch audio tape
Soldiers singing and marching: "A Soldier He is Such" and "To the Road"
1/4 inch audio tape
"Bolshevik Songs, ""10 Dams"" Tanganka Theater "
1/4 inch audio tape
Network Feed and Circuit Tape (Moscow), 1966
1/4 inch audio tape
George Watson, Factory, 1966
1/4 inch audio tape
Promo Demo Tape, 1967
1/4 inch audio tape
On Sceve Demo Tape, 1967
1/4 inch audio tape
Moscow "NATW," 1967
1/4 inch audio tape
Watson / 5 Comments
1/8 inch audio cassette
ABC News 1
1/4 inch audio tape
ABC News II
1/4 inch audio tape
ABC
1/4 inch audio tape
Edward P. Morgan gag reel, 1967
1/4 inch audio tape
Correspondents Year End Discussion with Radio News, 1966
1/4 inch audio tape
Watson Interview with President Ford
1/8 inch audio cassette
ABC News Radio Establishing first satellite contacts from Moscow
1/8 inch audio cassette
"NATW," 1968
1/4 inch audio tape
Nov 20, 1968 to Sept 13, 1974
1 DVD
Sep. 9, 1969 to Jan. 30, 1975
1 DVD
26885(no information on tape)
1 DVD
27249(no information on tape)
1 DVD
1975
1 DVD
Pres Carter Tokyo Trip Set Up, 1978
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Thatched Roofs," 1979
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
--------------------(no information on tape), 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Exit Polls," 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Testimony re Iowa Cacus Coverage, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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Processing "Stately Homes of England," 1974
1 reel
"Death with Dignity"
1 reel
Churchill Centenary, 1974
1 reel
unlabeled
1 reel
unlabeled
1 reel
"Viewpoint"
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2016-270/2 Kaiser Aluminum, Geraldo Rivera, Reel I, from TV I, 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Kaiser Aluminum, Geraldo Rivera, Reel II, from TV I, 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Kaiser Aluminum, Geraldo Rivera, "75-oto-85," 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope," Show #113, Part 1, 1981
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope," Show #113, Part 2, 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope," Show #113, Watson Reax, 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope," Show #113, B-Roll, 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
White House and News Media, Show #184, Part I, 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
White House and News Media, Show #184, Part II, 1982
three 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
White House and News Media, Show #184, Show History, 1982
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/3 "TV News Coverage of Foreign Affairs," Show #253, Part I, 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"TV News Coverage of Foreign Affairs," Show #253, Part II, 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Freedom of the Press vs. Privacy," Show #329, Part I, 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Freedom of the Press vs. Privacy," Show #329, Part II, 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Battlefield Journalism," Show #377, Part I, 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Battlefield Journalism," Show #377, Part II, 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Battlefield Journalism," Show #377, Part III, 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/4 "Terrorism and the Media," Show #442, Part I, 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Terrorism and the Media," Show #442, Part II, 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Violence and the Media," Show #469, Part I, 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Violence and the Media," Show #469, Part II, 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Campaign News Coverage," Show #509, Part I, 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Campaign News Coverage," Show #509, Part II, 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Debategate: Medical Reporting," Show #569, Part I, 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Debategate: Medical Reporting," Show #569, Part II, 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/5 "The Nuclear Dilemma. Day After," Show #660, Part I, 1983
four 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"The Nuclear Dilemma. Day After," Show #660, Part II, 1983
four 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"The Nuclear Dilemma. Day After," Show #660, Part III, 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/6 "1984: Secrecy, Security and the Media," Show #704, Reel I, 1984
three 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"1984: Secrecy, Security and the Media," Show #704, Reel II, 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"The Bottom Line: Business Rates," Show #749, Part I, 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"The Bottom Line: Business Rate," Show #749, Part II, 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/7 "Courts, Cameras, Justice?," Show #794, Part I, 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Courts, Cameras, Justice?," Show #794, Part II, 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Talking Back to TV News," Show #826, GMA Promo, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Talking Back to TV News," Show #826, Part I, 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Talking Back to TV News," Show #826, Part II, 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"What's Ailing Medical News," Show #969, Part I, 1985
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"What's Ailing Medical News," Show #969, Part II, 1985
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
CNN
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2016-270/8 Illinois/Indiana Cable Association, 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
President Carter Interview, Watson and Schorr, 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic and 1/2 inch videotape
"Horsing around" on the first CNN set, 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Carter Interview, Final Cut, 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Analysis of President Carter's Trip to Tokyo, 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
24-Hour Compression Library Tape
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Take Two," George Watson
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
20/20
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2016-270/8 Kaiser Aliminum, 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Washington / Capitol Hill Security, 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"20/20" George Watson Stand-Upper, 1984
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
ABC News "Directions"
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2016-270/9 "Directions," The Draft, 1979
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Directions," The Anne Frank House, 1979
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
ABC News Prime Time Documentaries
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Processing "Terror in Northern Ireland," 1971
1 reel
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2016-270/9 "Terror in Northern Ireland," 1971
1/2 inch videotape
"A Day in the Life of Ivan Ivanovich," 1967
1/2 inch videotape
"Comrade Soldier," 1969
1/2 inch videotape
"Good Morning America"
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2016-270/9 Watson, Horowitz, Smith, (Steve) Bell, and (David) Hartman - Coverage of Israel, 1982
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"How the Media Loves a Crisis," 1982
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Watson/Cronkite, 1991
Betacam
"World News Now"
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2016-270/9 Essay 1
two 1/2 inch videotape
Essay 2
1/2 inch videotape
George Watson Finale program plus various essays, 2001
three 1/2 inch videotape
"Nightline"
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2016-270/10 FOR CNN / George Watson, 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
CBS/Dan Rather, Carl Galloway Trial, 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
[no information on cassette], 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Clips of original and new openings of Nightline and Viewpoint, 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Show History, 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Show History - Westmorland vs CBS, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Show History, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Libel," 1985
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Hostage Crisis: Correspondents Report," 1985
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
George Watson, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
[no information on cassette], 1991
1/2 inch videotape
"Beating Depression" George Watson, correspondent (5:38 into the CD; also on video cassette), 1994
1/2 inch videotape
"Beating Depression" George Watson, correspondent, 1994
1/2 inch videotape
"Lollapalooza," 1994
1/2 inch videotape
George Watson Finale Program and Various Essays, 2001
1 DVD
Miscellaneous
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2016-270/11 NBC Nightly News, off-air, 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Watson ABC News Farewell Party, 1980
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Richard Wald and Ted Koppel "previous remark," at NATAS luncheon, 1981
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
WNET, 11-11:30 PM, Part I, 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
WNET, 11-11:30 PM, Part II, 1983
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Gag Reel, "Tapes of Wrath," 1983
two 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Town Meeting - "Network News and the American Voter," 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Clips from "World News Tonight for "MacNeil Lehrer Report" - Shepard Part I, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Clips from "World News Tonight for "MacNeil Lehrer Report" - Shepard Part II, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Clips from "World News Tonight for "MacNeil Lehrer Report" - Peter Jennings, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
McNeil/Lehrer Report, Exit Polls and Election Coverage, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Capitol Journal with Hodding Carter," 1985
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
MacNeil/Lehrer, 1991
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
"Good-bye"
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
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2016-270/12 Telecommunications Hearing, Watson Testimony, 1984
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Bianca Trick
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
Viewer Call-In Program, 1980
1/2 inch videotape
"Selected TV Excerpts"
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
MacNeil/Lehrer, 1991
1/2 inch videotape
Invasion of Privacy Reel (Richmond debate, Jan 11, 1984), 1985
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
ABC News Gag Reel, 1982
3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
ABC News Gag Reel, 1966-1967
1 DVD
"ABC News Perspective"
1/8 inch audio cassette
NATAS Luncheon Special repartee between Richard Ward and Ted Koppel, 1981
1/8 inch audio cassette
Watson Farewell Part from ABC News to CNN, 1980
1/8 inch audio cassette
NPR "Communique - War Coverage" Watson and Morton Kondracke, 1982
1/8 inch audio cassette
Seminar at the Freedom Forum
1/2 inch videotape
Journalists' Roundtable, 1991
1/2 inch videotape
Misc Video # - Watson/CNN Several Reports, Black and White Standup, Directions 6/3/79, Nightline 12/8/83, 1979-1983
1/2 inch videotape



 

In Print

Radio and TV Scripts/Transcripts
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3So35aa Detailed List of Watson's New Reports [ABC News computer print-out of Watson TV reportage], 1967-1972
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2016-270/13 Listing of Watson's TV appearances [Vanderbilt University computer print-out of Watson TV reportage], 1968-2004, 2009
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten news scripts, 1965-1966
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union, Russia, 1966
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union, Russia [1 of 2], 1967
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union, Russia [2 of 2], 1967
ABC News edited, typed, and handwritten scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union, Russia, 1966-1967
Handwritten and typed edited scripts from ABC news, Watson's reporting from the Soviet Union and Selma, Alabama, and correspondence with ABC News regarding USSR Reports, 1968
ABC News TV and radio scripts from Watson's reporting in the Soviet Union handwritten and edited typescripts, 1968
TV scripts for ABC News from Watson's reporting in Romania, Soviet Union, England, Serbia, Jordan, Bulgaria, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, handwritten notes and edited typescripts, 1969
ABC News Radio Scripts from Watson's reporting in England, Romania, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, France, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Soviet Union, handwritten and edited typescript, 1969
ABC News TV Scripts from Watson's reporting in Vietnam, U.S, S. America, Cambodia, Germany, Poland, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Portugal, England, Ireland, handwritten notes and edited typescripts, 1970
ABC News Radio scripts from Watson's reporting in England, Ireland, Vietnam, Cambodia, Poland, Nigeria, handwritten notes and edited typescript, 1970
ABC News TV scripts from Watson's reporting in Bermuda, England, Pakistan, Austria, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, India, Jordan, Egypt, handwritten notes and typewritten edited scripts, 1971
ABC News Radio scripts from Watson's reporting in Bermuda, Austria, England, Ireland, Finland, India, Egypt, handwritten notes and edited typescripts, 1971
Watson Radio Scripts, 1972
Watson TV Scripts, 1972
Watson Radio Scripts, 1973 - ABC News London, 1973
Watson Radio Scripts, 1974 - ABC News London, 1974
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2016-270/14 ABC News TV Scripts from Watson's reporting in England, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Portugal, Scotland, 1974
ABC News Radio Scripts from Watson's reporting in England, Austria, Portugal, Poland, Holland, 1975
Watson TV Scripts, 1975 - ABC News, 1975
CNN 1980 Scripts, 1980
"Directions," 1972-1973
Watson's typescript and handwritten notes from the White House, 1976
"Comrade Soldier," Moscow, 1968
"Nightline," Hostage Crisis: Correspondents Report, 1985
Transcript from Nightline "Beating Depression," 1994
Nightline, "Lollapalooza," 1974
for Peter Jennings, 1973
ABC News, "Backgrounders" 1972
"Voting for Democracy" transcripts and photograph with Watson and Jimmy Carter, 1984
"The Harvard Crimson"
Watson's published magazine articles as an ABC news correspondence, 1961-1962, 1985, 1993
Munroe News Bureau, 1961-1962
"The Washington Post" Watson's published newspaper articles 1960-1961
"The Washington Post" Obituaries, 1960-1961
Watson's transcripts and notes from speeches [1 of 3], 1985-2010
Watson's transcripts and notes from speeches [2 of 3], 1980-1982
Watson's transcripts and notes from speeches [3 of 3], 1976-1986
Personal correspondence responses, 1984-2016
Correspondence, 1952-1959
Correspondence, 1960-1963
Correspondence, 1964-1967
Correspondence, 1968-1972
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2016-270/15 Correspondence, 1973-1979
Correspondence, 1980-1989
Correspondence, 1990-2008
World News Essays, edited typescript, 1993
World News Essays, edited typescript [1 of 2], 1994
World News Essays, edited typescript [2 of 2], 1994
World News Essays, edited typescript [1 of 2], 1995
World News Essays, edited typescript [2 of 2], 1995
Essays [1 of 2], 1996
Essays [2 of 2], 1996
World News Essays, edited typescript [1 of 2], 1997
World News Essays, edited typescript [2 of 2], 1997
World News Essays, edited typescript, 1998
World News Essays, edited typescript, 1999
World News Essays, edited typescript, 2001
Essays, 2001
"Viewpoint" Transcripts
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2016-270/16 Viewpoint, "Sadat Assassination, Reagan, Pope" transcript, 1981
Viewpoint, "White House and News Media" transcript, 1982
Viewpoint, "Freedom of the Press vs. Invasion of Privacy" transcript, 1982
Viewpoint, "Battlefield Journalism. ." transcript, 1982
Viewpoint, "Terrorism and the Media" transcript, 1983
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Violence and the Media," 1983
Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Campaign News Coverage, 1983
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Debategate, Medical Reporting, and," 1983
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : ""The Day After" - Nuclear Dilemma, 1983
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "1984 : Secrecy, Security and the Media," 1984
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "The Bottom Line : Business Rates the News," 1984
Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Courts, Cameras, Justice?, 1984
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Talking Back to TV News," 1984
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "What's Ailing Medical News?," 1985
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Duty, Honor, Country - Deadline," 1985
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "The Manipulators : Iron Curtain - Stone Wall - Party Line," 1986
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "BASHING : The Press and the Presidency," 1986
"Viewpoint" Transcripts : "Viewpoint : Amerika," 1987
Publicity, Corporate Announcements, Photographs
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2016-270/16 Promotional and personal photographs of Watson and ABC News office, JFK assassination coverage, ABC memorandum, 1960-1969
Moscow Bureau Chief, newspaper clippings and articles about Watson's Moscow special, correspondence for Moscow special, 1965-1970
"Comrade Soldier" ABC News documentary, newspaper clippings, promotional photographs, public press release, 1968-1970
"A Day in the Life of Ivan Ivanovich," 1966-1967
Soviet Education, 1968
ABC photographs and negatives of Watson in Moscow, 1967-1969, undated
Vietnam correspondence, Watson medical record and newspaper clippings for Vietnamese police attack, 1968-1970
Vietnam reporting photographs, negatives, 16mm strip, 1968-1970, 2001
ABC News Policy handbook, personnel policies, production standards, legal policies, 1994
Viewpoint publications, bulletin, department memorandums, public relations materials, articles, edited typescript, 1981-1984
ABC press release and articles about Watson as London Bureau Chief, correspondence, 1970-1976
The Association of American Correspondents in London member handbook, dinner invitations, speech transcripts and correspondence, 1975
ABC News Special Report "Britain's Darkest Hour" press release and news articles,
ABC News "Directions," press release, photographs, news articles, 1972-1974,1979
"Terror in Northern Ireland" news special press release, news articles, photographs and negatives, 1971-1974
London, photographs and negatives, 1971-1975, undated
"London to White House" press release, news articles and photographs, 1975
Washington Bureau Chief press release, newspaper articles, correspondence, and photographs, 1976-1980
"Issues and Answers" set photographs
ABC News Washington D.C. building promotional and ground breaking ceremony photographs, invitation, news articles, and press release, 1978
ABC News early Supreme Court decision announcement dispute news articles and Watson's response, 1979
Washington D.C. newsroom photographs and promotional photographs, 1976-1980
Watson's move to CNN press releases, news articles, and correspondence, 1979-1981
CNN promotional materials for subscribers, 1979-1980
CNN promotional photographs of Watson, 1980
Watson Appointed ABC News vice president press release and news articles, 1981
"Viewpoint" press release, news articles and promotional photographs, 1981-1989
New York photographs of Watson and Congressional Hearings, 1983-1984
"Viewpoint" promotional materials and newspaper articles [1 of 2], 1981-1982
"Viewpoint" promotional materials and newspaper articles [2 of 2], 1982
ABC News and "Viewpoint" news articles, press release materials, newspaper clippings and newsletters, 1983
Consumer Reports, Family Circle Magazine, transcripts, and news articles for "Viewpoint" and "20/20," 1983
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2016-270/17 News articles and press release materials for ABC News and "Viewpoint," 1984
Watson's Washington bureau chief newspaper clippings, news articles, correspondence, and letter from Ronald Reagan, 1985-1993
Newspaper clippings and news articles for the Gulf War media coverage Pentagon conflict, 1985-1992
Westmorland case newspaper clippings, 1985
Photographs of Watson in Washington, with White House presidents and vice presidents, promotional ABC photographs, 1985-1993
ABC News press release materials news articles, newspaper clippings, 1985
ABC News press release materials, Watson newspaper clippings, and event pamphlets, 1986
Newspaper articles and Watson's event pamphlets, 1987
News articles citing Watson, 1988
News articles citing Watson, 1989
News articles citing Watson and event pamphlet, 1989-1990
News articles citing Watson and event pamphlet, 1991
News articles about Watson's medical leave and depression, 1992
News articles citing Watson and event pamphlets, 1992
E-mails, press release and news articles about Watson's move to "World News Now," 1993, 2001
Magazine articles about Watson and event pamphlets, 1993
News articles about Watson and letter from a fan, 1994
News articles about Watson, 1995
ABC News press release announcements and biographies about Watson, 1970-1981
News articles, tickets, press materials, and pamphlets for Watson's ABC News End-of-Year tour luncheon and speeches, 1966-1968
News articles, event pamphlets, newsletter for Watson's appearances and conferences 1966-1990
Web search results and related reporter results for Watson, 2009
Watson's biographies for multiple editions of Who's Who in America and application for ABC News vice president, 1979-2004
Books in which George Watson is cited
Archivist's note:
Books have been separated from the collection. Series contains photocopies of pages that mention Watson as well as title pages and any relevant inscriptions.
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2016-270/17 As I Recall . Memories of a Life in Journalism, not dated
3 copies.
Self-published book authored by Watson.
Chronology of a Life in Journalism, 2016
3 copies [1 with edits sheet]
Self-published book authored by Watson.
キャパになれなかったカメラマン : ベトナム戦争の語り部たち上 2 [The Cameraman who was not used to capacity: Storytellers of the Vietnam War Vol. 2] [Japanese Import], 2008
Media Access and the Military: The Case of the Gulf War, 1998
Election Communications and the Election of 1992 (Conference Proceedings), 1983
Uniform Poll Closing: Hearings held before the subcommittee on elections of the committee on house administration US House of Representatives, 1985
Clearing the Air, 1963
Early 1984 Election Projections: Hearing held jointly before the subcommittee on telecommunications, consumer protection, and finance of the committee of energy and commerce and the task force on elections of the committee of house administration house of representatives, 1985
A Basement Seat to History: Tales of Covering Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan for the Voice of America, 1995
Ted Turner's Amazing Story: It Ain't As Easy As It Looks, 1993
Beating the Odds: The Untold Story Behind the Rise of ABC: The Stars, Struggles and Egos that Transformed Network Television, 1991
The House that Roone Built: The Inside Story of ABC News, 1994
CNN The Inside Story: How a Band of Mavericks Changed the Face of Television News, 1990
Hold On, Mr. President!, 1987
Citizen Turner: The Wild Rise of an American Tycoon, 1995
Second Front: Censorship and Propaganda in the Gulf War, 1992
Split Signals: Television and Politics in the Soviet Union, 1988
On Bended Knee: The Press and the Reagan Presidency, 1989
The Moscow Correspondents: Reporting on Russia from the Revolution to Glasnost, 1988
The Pulitzer Diaries: Inside America's Greatest Prize, 1997
Nightline: History in the Making and the Making of Television, 1996
Roone: A Memoir, 2003
Woodward and Bernstein: Life in the Shadow of Watergate, 2007
The Other Side of the Story: "When the news seemed to me, then and now, to be wrong, unsupportable, and unfair", 1984
Me and Ted Against the World: The Unauthorized Story of the Founding of CNN, 2001
ABC News Posters
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OD 1460 "Get to the heart of the Convention: Reasoner on ABC News"
18" x 26"
"Election Night - Smith and Morgan - ABC"
18" x 26"
"ABC News - The '80 Vote - Republican National Convention - Detroit - July 14-18"
26" x 31"
Ephemera from reporting locations
"Credentials, IDs, Badges, Pins and Buttons "
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2016-270/17 Harvard Crimson - ABC News : credentials, IDs, badges, pin and buttons, 1960-1979
CNN - ABC News: credentials, IDs, badges, pins and buttons, 1980-1994
National Press Club of Washington and various other membership cards, 1964-1996
ABC News Employee ID cards, police credentials, and press badges, 1962-1996
White House and Congressional press badges, Radio-Television News Directors Association and Overseas Press Club of America membership cards, 1960-1994
"Scrapbooks "
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2016-270/18 Copy of "Snapshots from assignments in Moscow, Vietnam, London, Washington D.C., New York City" scrapbook and film negatives, 1960s-2001
Scrapbook photographs from assignments in Washington D.C., Moscow, USSR, England, Denmark, Poland, Nicaragua, and India, 1968-2001
Personal scrapbook "1," personal photographs from Copenhagen and Moscow, 1968-1969
Scrapbook "2," personal photographs of students, military base, soldiers, news reporters in Cambodia, Taj Mahal and beach in India, 1968
Scrapbook "3," personal photographs of news reporters, Buddhist celebration, war damage, Vietnamese troops training, American soldiers from Chi Lang, Saigon and China Beach, Vietnam, 1968
Scrapbook "4," personal photographs of downtown Saigon, news reporters, soldiers in Saigon, China Beach and Khe Sahn, Vietnam, 1968
Scrapbook "5," personal photographs from Egypt, Al Fatah vs. Israel, Bucharest, Romania, Canarueon, Wales, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Saigon, California, Helsinki, Romania, 1969-1972, undated
Scrapbook "6," personal photographs of cameramen, news reporters, Romania, Uganda, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Scotland, Greece, Germany, and Morocco, 1972-1974
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3So35aa "Newspaper clippings from the Harvard Crimson, the Detroit News, and the Washington Post" Scrapbook, 1955-1983