Robert Zelnick is an American journalist, author and professor of journalism at the Boston University College of Communication. Zelnick was a correspondent for ABC News for more than twenty years. His assignments included national political and congressional affairs (1994–98), The Pentagon (1986–1994), Israel (1984–86) and Moscow (1982–84). He is currently a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.
Prior to joining ABC News, Zelnick had worked for the Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, and the Anchorage Daily News, and was executive editor of the Frost-Nixon interviews. In the film Frost/Nixon, Zelnick is portrayed by Oliver Platt.
Zelnick is currently charged with misdemeanor negligent motor vehicle homicide and the civil infraction of failure to yield for an incident in October 2011. He is accused of striking and killing a motorcyclist in Plymouth, Mass.
He is opposed to affirmative action.
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