Jack Perkins, 'Biography' Host, Dies at 85

The reporter and commentator hosted the series from 1994-1999.
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雷电竞娱乐Known for his understated on-air presence, former newsman and cable TV host Jack Perkins died at his home in Casey Key, Florida on August 19, 2019, at the age of 85. He had Parkinson's disease.

Perkins began his longstanding journalism career at NBC News, serving as a reporter, correspondent and anchor for NBC Nightly News as well as the TODAY Show. Among his professional highlights was his live reporting of President John F. Kennedy's雷电竞娱乐 assassination on November 22, 1963.

in 2012. “Say less, mean more. If a story is dramatic, you don’t have to tell it dramatically. Be simple. Direct. None of this, ‘The nation suffered a great tragedy’ nonsense.”

in 2009. “I guess it’s how deliberately contentious it is, how politically biased and intemperate. It was always too quick to promote tales of the most bizarre and outrageous specimens, the aberrants of society; it is even more so now. I’m with Thoreau who thought that 'All news is, as it is called, is gossip.' But I’d go further: He seemed to suggest that as gossip, it was harmless. I believe that too often today’s 'journalism' corrodes the nation’s very soul.”

Perkins is survived by three children and his wife of 59 years, Mary Jo.