Quincy Howe

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Quincy Howe
Howe and John Daly convention coverage
Howe with fellow journalist John Daly (right) during Presidential convention coverage.
Born (1900-08-17)August 17, 1900
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died February 17, 1977(1977-02-17) (aged 76)
New York, New York, U.S.
Occupation Broadcast journalist

Quincy Howe (August 17, 1900 – February 17, 1977) was an American journalist, best known for his CBS radio broadcasts during World War II.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts,[1] he was the son of Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe. He was a 1921 graduate of Harvard University.[2]

Howe served as director of the American Civil Liberties Union before the Second World War, and as chief editor at Simon & Schuster from 1935 to 1942. He once said that life began for him in 1939, when he began to broadcast news and commentary on WQXR radio in New York City.[1]

Howe joined CBS in June 1942, doing the opening news summary on the radio network's The World Today newscast.[2]

He left CBS in 1947 to join ABC. In the fall of 1955, he hosted four episodes of the 26-week prime time series Medical Horizons on ABC before he was replaced in that capacity by Don Goddard.

In the early 1950s, Howe was an associate professor of journalism and communications at the University of Illinois.[3]

Howe moderated the fourth and final Kennedy/Nixon debate on October 21, 1960. Howe retired from broadcasting in 1974. He died from cancer of the larynx.


  • World Diary: 1929-34 (1934)
  • England Expects Every American to Do His Duty (1937)
  • World History of Our Own Times. (trilogy, 1949)
  • Ashes of Victory (1972)


  1. ^ a b DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. P. 135.
  2. ^ a b "Author, Editor Hired by CBS". The Mason City Globe-Gazette. Iowa, Mason City. June 13, 1942. p. 11. Retrieved June 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ "Lloyd Morey". Freeport Journal-Standard. Illinois, Freeport. January 20, 1954. p. 13. 
  • "Quincy Howe, Newscaster, Dies". The New York Times. February 18, 1977.