David Schoenbrun

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David Schoenbrun
Born David Franz Schoenbrun
(1915-03-15)March 15, 1915
New York City, New York, U.S.
Died May 23, 1988(1988-05-23) (aged 73)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Cause of death Heart attack
Alma mater City College of New York
Occupation Journalist
Spouse(s) Dorothy Schoenbrun
Children 1

David Franz Schoenbrun (March 15, 1915 – May 23, 1988) was an American broadcast journalist.


In 1915, Schoenbrun was born in New York City. He began his career teaching French.[1]

Schoenbrun enlisted in the Army in 1943 and became a World War 2 correspondent covering North Africa through to the liberation of France, for which he was decorated with the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honour.[2]

After the war, from 1947 to 1964, Schoenbrun worked for CBS, 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 one of the reporters known as Murrow's Boys.[3]

In 1959, at the age of 44, Schoenbrun received the Alfred I. duPont Award.[4]

From the 1960s through the 1980s, Schoenbrun 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.[citation needed]

Schoenbrun 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.

Schoenbrun died of a heart attack in New York City, at the age of 73.[1]


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  1. ^ a b Lyall, Sarah (May 24, 1988). "David Schoenbrun Is Dead at 73; Veteran Journalist for CBS News". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Murray, Michael D., ed. (1998). Encyclopedia of Television News. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 228. ISBN 978-1573561082. 
  3. ^ Folkart, Burt A. (May 25, 1988). "Obituaries : D. Schoenbrun; Francophile, World War II Correspondent". Los Angeles Times. 
  4. ^ "All duPont-Columbia Award Winners". Columbia Journalism School. Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 

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