About Roger Mudd

Roger Mudd is a 1950 graduate of W&L, where he majored in history. He received a master's degree, also in history, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1953. He began his journalism career in Richmond, VA., as a reporter for the Richmond News Leader newspaper and for WRNL, a local radio station. He moved to Washington in the late 1950s and worked at WTOP News before joining the Washington bureau of CBS News in 1961.

Between 1961 and 1992, he served as a Washington correspondent for CBS News, NBC News and the "MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour" on PBS. He won the George Foster Peabody award for two CBS programs, "The Selling of the Pentagon" in 1970 and "Teddy," a famous interview with Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, in 1979. He has also won the Joan S. Barone Award for Distinguished Washington Reporting, in 1990, and five Emmy Awards.

Mudd published his memoir, The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News, in 2008. Between 1992 and 1996, he was a visiting professor of politics and the press at Princeton University and at Washington and Lee University.

He is a member of the advisory committee for W&L's department of journalism and mass communications. He serves on the board of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC) and helped establish that organization's Ethics Bowl, an annual competition in which teams of students from Virginia's private colleges and universities debate ethical issues. He is also on the board of the National Portrait Gallery and on the advisory boards of the Eudora Welty Foundation and the Jepson School of Leadership at the University of Richmond. In 2010, Mudd donated his papers to Washington and Lee's Leyburn Library. That gift followed his 2006 donation of his collection of 20th-century Southern fiction. He was awarded the University's Washington Award in 2011, in recognition of his distinguished leadership and service to the nation and extraordinary acts of philanthropy in support of W&L and other institutions.

A Discussion with Roger Mudd