Jim Metcalf

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Jim Metcalf
Jim Metcalf reading one of his own books
BornMay 11, 1920
[Wichita Falls, Texas]
DiedMarch 8, 1977 (aged 56)
EducationNorth Texas State University
OccupationTelevision Journalist
Notable credit(s)A Sunday Journal
Spouse(s)Mary Ann Metcalf

James M. Metcalf (May 11, 1920 – March 8, 1977) was a journalist for WWL-TV in New Orleans, Louisiana where he served as anchor/reporter. He later became the host of A Sunday Journal from 1973 until his death from cancer in 1977, which was considered a "class act" in bringing ordinary people and their hobbies and interests to television.[1] In 1975, Jim and his show were awarded the Peabody Award for "good writing, excellent photography, and artistic presentation." [2]

The Jim Metcalf Memorial Award was created in his honor, and is bestowed by the Press Club of New Orleans annually.[3]

He also wrote four volumes of poetry, one published posthumously, being described as "infatuated with words. He loved the language. He used it well." [4]

Works published[edit]

  • Jim Metcalf's Journal (1974) ISBN 0-88289-035-2
  • In Some Quiet Place (1975) ISBN 0-88289-088-3
  • Please to Begin (1976) ISBN 0-88289-140-5
  • Follow Another Star (1979) ISBN 0-88289-216-9
  • Collected Poems (2000) ISBN 978-1-56554-701-8


  1. ^ http://www.neworleansradiotheatre.org/wwloncam1.html New Orleans Radio Theatre
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-03-01. Peabody Award archives
  3. ^ http://pressclubneworleans.org/AwdWin2006.htm Press Club of New Orleans
  4. ^ http://www.alibris.com/search/books/qwork/3435836/used/Jim%20Metcalf's%20Journal Quote by Phil Johnson, WWL-TV, New Orleans

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