Eric Engberg

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Eric Engberg
BornEric Jon Engberg
(1941-09-18)September 18, 1941
Highland Park, Illinois
DiedMarch 27, 2016(2016-03-27) (aged 74)
Alma mater
Occupationbroadcast journalist
Known for
Home townHighland Park, Illinois
Spouse(s)Judith Ann Klein Engberg[1][7]
Childrenthree sons[7]
  • Eric Robin Engberg
  • Jason Evans Engberg
  • Mark A Engberg[8]
AwardsSigma Delta Chi awards

Eric Jon Engberg (September 18, 1941 – March 27, 2016) was an American correspondent who worked for CBS News from 1976 to 2003.


Engberg attended Highland Park High School (Class of 1959) in Highland Park, Illinois.[12] He graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.[13]

He worked at WTOP-TV; WTOP-FM; WTOP-AM from 1968 to 1972, then moved to Group W from 1972 until he joined CBS in 1976.

Bernard Goldberg listed, as a central example of media bias, an Engberg CBS Evening News Reality Check segment that ridiculed the flat tax proposal of Steve Forbes. Goldberg leveled this charge in his book, Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, and elsewhere.[5][14][15][16]

Engberg wrote disparagingly of the candidates' performance in the 2000 presidential debates.[17] He cautioned that anonymous sources are often misleading.[4]

Engberg died at his home in Palmetto, Florida, on March 27, 2016.[18]


During his career Engberg received several awards for his reporting, including 1998 Investigative Reporters and Editors award,[11] and 1999 Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award silver baton award.[19]


  1. ^ a b c Engberg, Eric (November 4, 2011). "Eric Engberg". Columbia, Missouri: Missouri School of Journalism. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  2. ^ "Eric Engberg - Palmetto, FL". MyLife. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  3. ^ "DOUGLAS HENKLE, Highland Park, IL Illinois currently in Oshkosh, WI USA". Highland Park HS class of 1959. Retrieved 2012-02-10. photos of Engberg at West Ridge 6th grade in 1953, and at 2009 reunion
  4. ^ a b Engberg, Eric (November 11, 2005). "Outside Voices: Eric Engberg Calls For A Time Out On Anonymous Sources". Public Eye by Vaughn Ververs. CBS news. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  5. ^ a b Goldberg, Bernard (January 2, 2002). "Networks Need a Reality Check: A firsthand account of liberal bias at CBS News". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2012-02-10. Which brings us to a recent "Reality Check" on the "CBS Evening News," reported by Eric Engberg, a longtime friend. His subject was Steve Forbes's flat tax. It's not just Democrats and some Republican presidential candidates who don't like the flat tax--it's also a lot of big-time reporters. The flat tax rubs them the wrong way. Which is fair enough--until their bias makes its way into their reporting. And Mr. Engberg's report set new standards for bias.
  6. ^ "(blurb re CBS evening news)". Archived from the original on 2012-12-14. Retrieved 2012-02-10. "Reality Check," Correspondent Eric Engberg 's reports that get beyond the conventional wisdom to what is really happening behind the hype and the headlines.
  7. ^ a b "Communications". Poop Deck, The Monthly Newsletter. Bradenton, Florida: Bradenton Yacht Club. February 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-10. Both Judy and Eric Engberg are retiring from the Poopdeck as editor and photo department. They hope to spend more time on their Grand Banks 36’ Copycat and with their grandchildren. Judy has been putting the Poopdeck together -- writing, editing, cropping, and the dozens of things that make it work -- under the watch of eight Commodores. Judy and Eric met at and graduated from the famed University of Missouri School of Journalism (1962) and married shortly thereafter. Judy became a working reporter and editor while Eric went toward TV and eventually became a national news and political correspondent for CBS Evening News. Judy focused on raising their three sons while Eric went to the hotspots of the world. Upon retirement, they moved from Bethesda, MD to Bradenton and became members of BYC in 2002
  8. ^ "Here Are Your Results! - PeopleSmart". Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  9. ^ "Biography - Eric Engberg". EJE Productions. 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  10. ^ "Television investigative reporting - Tomb of the Unknown Soldier". Sigma Delta Chi 1998 Awards, Profiles in Excellence (PDF). Society of Professional Journalists. June 1999. pp. 36&ndash, 37. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-15. Retrieved 2012-02-10. Eric Engberg, Vince Gonzales, Dick Meyer at CBS News
  11. ^ a b "Tomb of the Unknowns". Retrieved 2012-02-10. This series of stories dealt with the identify of the American serviceman buried as the Vietnam Unknown in 1984. CBS News found (and reported) that he had an identity and that it was known to many in the military before the remains were buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Using the Freedom of Information Act and record searches ... (CBS News) found that the Unknown was most certainly Air Force Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie and that certain military officials kept that fact secret. ... The Pentagon took the unprecedented step of ordering the Tomb opened and the remains subjected to DNA testing. The tests proved it was Blassie and he was ultimately buried under a stone bearing his own name in Veterans cemetery outside St. Louis.
  12. ^ Michael Addison. "Highland Park High School Class Of 1959, Highland Park, IL". Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  13. ^ "Government & Media: Perception & Reality Confirmed Speakers". Retrieved 2010-08-17.
  14. ^ Cannon, Lou (January 26–27, 2002). "Tackling Bias: A news veteran reviews Bernard Goldberg's Bias". National Review Online. Retrieved 2012-02-10.[permanent dead link] review of Bias: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distort the News, by Bernard Goldberg
  15. ^ "Bernard Goldberg exposes a vindictive, biased media". Human Events. 2001.
  16. ^ "CBS Reporter Bernard Goldberg Charges Colleague, Media with Liberal Bias". MediaWatch. Media Research Center. February 1996. Retrieved 2012-02-10.
  17. ^ Engberg, Eric (Oct 17, 2000). "Pablum Hits The Fan". Washington, D.C.: CBS news. Retrieved 2012-02-10.[permanent dead link]
  18. ^ CBS Evening News, March 28, 2016
  19. ^ "1999 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards". Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2015.

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