Robert Zelnick

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Robert Zelnick
Born Carl Robert Zelnick
(1940-08-09) August 9, 1940 (age 76)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Known for Executive editor, Frost–Nixon interviews

Carl Robert Zelnick (born August 9, 1940) is an American journalist, author and professor of journalism at the Boston University College of Communication, and winner of two Emmy Awards and two Gavel Awards.[1][2] He was a correspondent for ABC News for more than 20 years. His assignments included national political and congressional affairs (1994–98), the Pentagon (1986–1994), Israel (1984–86) and Moscow (1982–84).[2] He is currently a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.[3]

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.[2] In the film Frost/Nixon, Zelnick is portrayed by Oliver Platt.

Zelnick was convicted in 2013[4] of misdemeanor negligent motor vehicle homicide and the civil infraction of failure to yield for an incident in October 2011, when he struck and killed a motorcyclist in Plymouth, Mass.[5]


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