Who was Fred Friendly
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Fred Friendly was a towering figure in the history of broadcast journalism, who came to stand for quality and integrity in journalism. He was a partner with Edward R. Murrow in creating legendary news programs, and he was president of CBS News in the mid-1960's during a critical moment in the nation's history. At a later point in his distinguished career, Friendly created the Media and Society Seminars using a distinctive Socratic style based on a hypothetical scenario. These extraordinary television programs have continued as the Fred Friendly Seminars, which were named in his honor. Bold and relentless, Friendly recognized the possibility that television at its best could educate, illuminate and even inspire. He died in 1998 after devoting his life to a free more responsible press serving in the public interest. Photo by Gabriel Cooney