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General Information

Name:  John William Chancellor  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT History Non-Fiction Other

Born: 1927 in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Chancellor attended the University of Illinois Navy Pier campus (precursor to UIC) which specified completing the last two years of instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1949.

Biographical and Professional Information

Originally a reporter for the ''Chicago Sun-Times'', he first started his career in national television news as a correspondent on NBC's evening newscast, ''The Huntley-Brinkley Report''. Chancellor covered issues of national importance while on ''The Huntley-Brinkley Report'', such as the 1957 integration of the Little Rock Central High School. He spent a number of years as a foreign correspondent in Europe. Chancellor also has the distinction of creating the idea of using colors to represent the states won by presidential candidates in presidential elections.commentator. During his career he filed stories from more than fifty countries. Toward the end of his career, he served as narrator of ''Baseball'', a nine-part documentary created by Ken Burns.

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