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December 18 , 2009


A Memoir


"This story… the story of John Palmer… is great. So was every John Palmer story, from start to finish."  – Brian Williams, anchor of NBC Nightly News

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"The story of John Palmer takes the reader behind the scenes with telling anecdotes and instructive insights. His dream came true and now he’s shared it with all of us." – Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC News

From one of the most respected newsmen in broadcast journalism comes Newscatcher, an insightful and revealing memoir by John Palmer of NBC News.

Posthumously released just over a year after his passing in August 2013, this remembrance captures the essence of Palmer's ability to tell stories, both personal and historical, in his informal style as if being recounted by an old friend.

Newscatcher includes stories about Palmer's years as a young boy growing up in Tennessee and details the path that led to his career in TV news - a serendipitous journey that lasted for more than 40 years.

It was a profession that provided John Palmer the unique opportunity to pay witness to and report on some of history's most memorable moments, including the early days of the civil rights movement, crime and politics in the streets of Chicago and New York, the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, Jr., turmoil in the Middle East, the Challenger disaster, as well as the aftermath of 9/11.

A Washington insider, Palmer discusses his time as an NBC News White House correspondent covering presidential politics from the Carter administration through George W. Bush’s first years in office.

This incredible overview of John Palmer's life and career is also a must-read for Journalism courses at universities across the nation that will provide budding students who have an interest in broadcasting with a fascinating look at the ever-changing world of television news.

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