He began his career teaching French and in World War 2 served as a war correspondent from North Africa through to the liberation of France, for which he was decorated with the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honour.
After the war he worked for CBS from 1947 to 1964, serving primarily as the network's bureau chief in Paris, where he met and interviewed the President Charles de Gaulle a number of times. He was part of a second generation of reporters known as Murrow's Boys.
From the 1960s through the 1980s, he served as a news analyst for WNEW Radio in New York (now WBBR) and other Metromedia broadcast properties, and later for crosstown WPIX Television and its Independent Network News operation. In the mid-1970s, he served as a foreign affairs analyst for a short-lived public television channel in Los Angeles.
He is the author of On and Off the Air, a personal account of the history of CBS News through the 1970s. Schoenbrun also wrote several books concerning World-War-II-era France and other works drawn from his experiences as a newsman.
Books by David Schoenbrun
- As France Goes. 1957
- Casebook of a Southern Senator. 1963
- Vietnam: How We Got In, How To Get Out. 1968
- The Three Lives of Charles de Gaulle. 1968
- The New Israelis. 1973
- Triumph in Paris: The Exploits of Benjamin Franklin. 1976
- Soldiers of the Night. 1980
- America Inside Out. 1984
- Maquis: The Story of the French Resistance. 1990
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