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EDWARD R. MURROW BECOMES FIRST AMERICAN BROADCAST JOURNALIST TO BE HONORED WITH POSTAGE STAMP JAN. 21 AT WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY

 PULLMAN, Wash., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Edward R. Murrow, whose distinguished career in journalism covered the globe and who interviewed world leaders from Winston Churchill to John F. Kennedy, becomes the first broadcast journalist to be honored with a U.S. stamp on Jan. 21.
 First-day-of-issue stamp ceremonies honoring Murrow will be held at 11:30 a.m. that day at the Edward R. Murrow Communications Center at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman. Murrow graduated from WSU in 1930, crediting his education and training there with helping him to succeed in broadcasting. At WSU, he took radio broadcasting, the first such college course ever offered in the nation, and also worked at the school's radio station.
 WSU President Samuel H. Smith and Postal Service Chief Operating Officer Joe Caraveo will officiate the Murrow stamp ceremony. Featured speaker at the event will be Edward Bliss Jr., former CBS Radio Writer- Producer for Murrow and Professor Emeritus, American University, Washington D.C.
 Murrow began a successful 25-year career with CBS in 1935 and directed its European News Bureau through World War II. Familiar by his opening phrase, "This is London," Murrow reported on many of the important wartime events: the fall of Czechoslovakia, Churchill's declaration of war, the invasions in France, and V-E Day. Known for his accuracy and objectivity, Murrow gave an eyewitness account of the bombing of London by Hitler during the London Blitz.
 Murrow is probably best recognized for his two CBS television news documentary series, "See It Now" and "Person to Person," watched by millions of Americans in the 1950s. Murrow often broadcast "See It Now" at unique locations, including the first telecast from a submerged submarine, the U.S.S. Sablefish in 1952.
 With his direct reporting style and penetrating commentary, Murrow opened up America's living rooms to Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the Communist scare hearings in the 1950s, and the experiences of American servicemen serving on the front lines during the Korean War. "See It Now" received an Emmy and was called the "Program of the Year" by the National Association for Better Radio and Television in 1952.
 During his career at CBS, Murrow also served as a director and as vice president in charge of news, education and discussion programs. In 1961, President Kennedy appointed him Director of the U.S. Information Agency. He died at the age of 57 in April 1965.
 On Friday, Jan. 21, the 29-cent Murrow stamp will be available at 8:30 a.m. at the following post offices in Pullman: the Pullman Main Post Office, 1135 S. Grand; the Campus Station Post Office in WSU's Compton Union Building, and at the contract postal station in Corner Drug Store, E. 225 Main in Pullman. The stamp will also be available at noon at the Edward R. Murrow Communications Center -- site of the ceremony.
 The Murrow stamp will go on sale at other post offices throughout the country on Saturday, Jan. 22 or Monday, Jan. 24 -- depending on when these local post offices open.
 Customers who wish to purchase a special "First Day of Issue" cancellation post-mark by mail can do so by affixing the new Murrow stamps to self-addressed envelopes, and then mail those envelopes in a larger envelope addressed to Customer Affixed Stamps, Edward R. Murrow, Postmaster, Pullman, WA 99163-9998. Requests for first day of issue cancellations must be received by Feb. 20, 1994.
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 /CONTACT: Al DeSarro, 303-391-5182; or Jeanette Price, 509-334-3605, both of the U.S. Postal Service; or Sonia Hussa, 509-335-1990; or Tim Marsh, 509-335-3581, both of WSU/


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