Contents 1 Career 1.1 KNXT Channel 2 1.2 KTLA Channel 5 1.3 "The Big News" 1.4 Acting career 2 Honors and awards 3 External links


Career[edit] KNXT Channel 2[edit] After serving as a war correspondent in World War II and Korea, Roberts settled in the Los Angeles area and became a respected radio news reporter, eventually turning to television in the mid-1950s at KNXT Channel 2 (now KCBS-TV), the local CBS owned-and-operated station. He anchored a nightly newscast and occasionally ventured to far-flung locations to report on national and international stories, taking with him his own Bell and Howell movie camera with which he shot his own news footage. With him on KNXT's newscasts in that time were three other Los Angeles television stalwarts, anchor and reporter Bill Stout, weather forecaster Bill Keene and sports reporter Gil Stratton (who at the time also doubled as a radio, television and movie actor). KTLA Channel 5[edit] Roberts left KNXT in 1959 and joined Los Angeles station KTLA Channel 5 as news director and primary anchor, along with news producer/director Julian Macdonald, virtually remaking that independent station's news operation. The newscast Roberts and Macdonald oversaw included such respected figures as Stout (who followed Roberts to KTLA in 1960), sports reporter and former football star Tom Harmon, and veteran reporter Stan Chambers (who retired on August 11, 2010 on his 87th birthday, marking 63 years as a reporter at KTLA). Roberts' signature conclusion to the early news broadcast was, "I bid you a pleasant evening"; for the late news it was "I bid you goodnight." "The Big News"[edit] In 1966, Roberts returned to KNXT, joining the station's highly-esteemed 6 p.m. "The Big News" broadcast and its late-night companion "The Eleven O'Clock Report." Roberts joined a staff that included anchor Jerry Dunphy, Maury Green, Ralph Story, Keene, and Stratton. Roberts contributed news and feature reports and anchored the weekend newscasts. Early in 1974 he once again left KNXT for KTLA and took over the station's hour-long 10 p.m. newscasts. After two years Roberts decided to step back from nightly television news and left KTLA; after a hiatus he joined then-PBS member television station KCET, contributing feature reports and commentaries. His long tenure in Los Angeles comprised reports and travels ranging from offbeat local stories to the war in Vietnam. According to the book Helter Skelter, the young son of a neighbor of Roberts found what turned out to be the .22 Buntline revolver wielded by Manson Family member Tex Watson the night of actress Sharon Tate's and her houseguests' murders, and it was turned over to the police. As details of the crime came out in the weeks that followed, the boy's father made several calls to the police, suggesting that the missing murder weapon was the same broken, long-barreled gun his son had found. Finally, fed up with months of being ignored by the LAPD, he asked Clete Roberts to intervene in December 1969. The book does not say whether the call from Roberts finally did the trick. Acting career[edit] Roberts also carried his polish and expertise onto the "silver screen" and television as well, most notably in select episodes of M*A*S*H, in which he played himself, a war correspondent. Roberts appeared as himself in the lengthy introduction to the crime syndicate expose film The Phenix City Story in 1955. He interviewed on camera several of the actual townspeople of Phenix City, Alabama, who had been witness to the events there in the 1930s, '40s and early '50s. Roberts portrayed reporters in various productions, among them, Meteor from 1979, the 1983 NBC miniseries V, as well a San Francisco television newsman in the 1983 nuclear war film Testament.


Honors and awards[edit] The Associated Press Television and Radio Association of California, Nevada, and Hawaii has established a $1,500 scholarship in Roberts' memory.[citation needed]


External links[edit] Biography portal Clete Roberts on IMDb Clete Roberts at Find a Grave v t e Vietnam War correspondents Print journalists R. W. Apple Peter Arnett Elizabeth Becker Michael Birch Peter Braestrup Malcolm Browne Wilfred Burchett Dickey Chapelle Richard Dudman Robert Elegant Gloria Emerson Bernard Fall James Fenton Frances FitzGerald Sylvana Foa Joseph Galloway Martha Gellhorn Al Gore David Halberstam Michael Herr Seymour Hersh Marguerite Higgins Ward Just Takeshi Kaikō Peter Kann Stanley Karnow Donald Kirk Steve Kroft John Pilger Gareth Porter John Sack Murray Sayle Jonathan Schell Sydney Schanberg Neil Sheehan Alexander Shimkin John Steinbeck IV Matthew V. Storin Jon Swain Richard Tregaskis Kate Webb Perry Deane Young Photo- journalists Eddie Adams David Burnett Larry Burrows Robert Capa Gilles Caron Dickey Chapelle Charles Chellapah Neil Davis David Douglas Duncan Charles Eggleston Horst Faas Sean Flynn Chas Gerretsen Barbara Gluck Philip Jones Griffiths Dirck Halstead Henri Huet David Hume Kennerly Catherine Leroy Don McCullin Co Rentmeester Tim Page Al Rockoff Toshio Sakai Kyoichi Sawada Dick Swanson Dana Stone Shigeru Tamura Neal Ulevich Nick Ut Nik Wheeler Broadcast journalists Martin Bell Ed Bradley Charles Collingwood Walter Cronkite Murray Fromson Jeff Gralnick Max Hastings Bernard Kalb Peter Kalischer Douglas Kiker Jim Kincaid Steve Kroft Charles Kuralt John Laurence George Lewis Ike Pappas Julian Pettifer Bill Plante Dan Rather Harry Reasoner Clete Roberts Morley Safer Joe Schlesinger Pierre Schoendoerffer Bob Simon Richard Threlkeld Authority control WorldCat Identities VIAF: 53895595 LCCN: no2006011408 SNAC: w6xs7vgd Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Clete_Roberts&oldid=806710487" Categories: American reporters and correspondentsAmerican radio reporters and correspondentsAmerican television reporters and correspondentsAmerican war correspondentsWar correspondents of the Vietnam War1912 births1984 deathsAmerican male journalistsAmerican journalistsJournalists from CaliforniaJournalists from Portland, OregonTelevision anchors from Los Angeles20th-century American journalistsBurials at Valley Oaks Memorial ParkHidden categories: Articles lacking in-text citations from March 2013All articles lacking in-text citationsPages to import images to WikidataArticles with hCardsAll articles with unsourced statementsArticles with unsourced statements from September 2015Find a Grave template with ID same as WikidataWikipedia articles with VIAF identifiersWikipedia articles with LCCN identifiersWikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers


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