|Born||Herbert Elias Kaplow
February 2, 1927
Manhattan, New York, United States
|Died||July 27, 2013
Arlington, Virginia, United States
Cause of death
|Alma mater||Northwestern University|
|Occupation||Television news correspondent|
|Known for||News coverage of:
Cuban Revolution (1953–1959)
U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education ruling (1954)
NASA's Project Mercury (1959–1963)
Richard Nixon's presidential nomination (1968)
|Spouse(s)||Betty Rae Kaplow|
Herbert Elias "Herb" Kaplow (February 2, 1927 – July 27, 2013) was an American television news correspondent. His main focus was reporting out of Washington, D.C., covering presidential campaigns and those who were elected.
Kaplow was born in 1927 in Manhattan to Jewish immigrants from Europe. His mother, Belle, was a dressmaker in Flushing, NY. He was raised in Queens and attended Queens College, before being drafted into the United States Army. He was later assigned to the Armed Forces Radio Service, where he read scripts covering the Nuremberg Trials as well as covered a Wimbledon tennis championship. After his military discharge, he returned to get a degree in history at Queens College. He went on to earn a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, after a two-year radio announcer job at WCTC in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
National news career
After obtaining his degree, he moved to Washington, D.C., to work for NBC's radio affiliate WRC, before taking an editing job on the network's News of the World program. A few years later, he became an NBC news correspondent for radio and television. In 1968, he became a White House correspondent. In 1972, he switched to ABC News, where he remained until his retirement in 1994.
Notable news stories
During his four decades of covering news stories, which included 10 presidential campaigns and 19 nominating conventions, Kaplow also reported on major events of the civil rights movement from the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling to desegregate schools to the Freedom Riders's struggle to integrate buses in the early 1960s. Kaplow also covered NASA's Project Mercury.
He covered the Cuban Revolution that culminated in the victory of communists led by Fidel Castro in 1959. After the failed 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba by American-backed Cuban exiles, Kaplow was the first American reporter to interview Castro.
After retiring in 1994, Kaplow lived in Falls Church, Virginia, with his wife, Betty. They had three sons Steven, Bobby and Larry. Herb spent an undisclosed amount of time in an assisted living facility, battling dementia, which affected his ability to speak. He died on July 27, 2013, from a stroke in Arlington, Virginia, at the age of 86.
- Martin, Douglas (July 29, 2013). "Herb Kaplow, Voice of ABC and NBC News, Dies at 86". The New York Times. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- Personal knowledge
- Eisele, Albert (July 30, 2013). "Herb Kaplow’s Enormous Legacy". Falls Church News-Press. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
- Barnouw, Erik (1976). Tube of Plenty: The Evolution of American Television. pp. 410–411.
Occasional filmed items and statements appeared in NBC newscasts, generated some press attention, and helped Nixon to maintain a continued visibility.
- Video of Kaplow remembering the Nuremberg Trials on YouTube
- Video of Kaplow recounting his Freedom Riders coverage from PBS
- Video of Kaplow discussing the Nixon-Kennedy debate from PBS