Garrick Utley (born November 19, 1939) is an American TV journalist. He established his career reporting about the Vietnam War and has the distinction of being the first full-time television correspondent covering the war on-site.
Utley was born in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Westtown School in 1957 and from Carleton College in 1961. His mother and father both were correspondents for NBC radio in the mid-20th century, based in Chicago.
Utley served as weekend anchor during much of the 1970s, and frequently substituted for John Chancellor during that decade and for Tom Brokaw in the 1980s on NBC Nightly News. Utley also served as weekend anchor Sundays,1987–1990 and Saturdays 1990- 1993 of NBC Nightly News. One noteworthy Nightly News broadcast Utley appeared on aired on January 22, 1973, the day the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its momentous Roe v. Wade decision. In the midst of that broadcast (fed to affiliates at 6:30 p.m. Eastern), and just before reporting on the decision, news broke that former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson had died.
In the 1970s, Utley frequently hosted newsmagazine-style programs for NBC News. In the UK he covered the February 1974 British General Election, and appeared on the BBC election night program. In the US, from January 1989 to December 1991, he moderated NBC's long-running public affairs discussion program Meet the Press, while simultaneously hosting the newly-debuted Sunday version of the Today Show.
In 1992, Utley issued a controversial commentary essay at the close of a weekend newscast, expressing a view that then-President George H.W. Bush should forgo reelection in the interest of the country.
ABC News and CNN
He worked for NBC News for around 30 years before moving to ABC. He later moved to CNN, where he worked until 2002. He co-anchored CNN's coverage of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 during the early morning hours of September 12, 2001.
Utley is a professor of broadcasting and journalism at State University of New York - Oswego and is a senior fellow at the SUNY Levin Institute  of the State University of New York, in Manhattan, from which he retired as head in December 2011. He also co-hosts America Abroad on public radio, a program which examines the United States’ role and relationships in the world, and hosts Metropolitan Opera broadcasts on public television. He is the author of the book: "You Should Have Been Here Yesterday" (2000), a narrative of the growth of television news in the United States. Board service has included The Council on Foreign Relations (1993-2003), Carleton College (1983-2007), Public Radio International (1996-2008), the Board of Advisors of Doctors without Borders and Chairman of the American Council on Germany.
- Profile at America Abroad Media
- Appearances on C-SPAN
- Garrick Utley at the Internet Movie Database
- Works by or about Garrick Utley in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Garrick Utley at the Notable Names Database
|Meet the Press Moderator
January 8, 1989 – December 1, 1991