David McClure Brinkley was and is still one of the best newscasters who ever lived. He has worked with NBC and ABC during his career which started in the year 1943 and ended in the year 1997.
Having hosted some of the top rated TV programs such as The Huntley–Brinkley Report and co-anchoring others such as the NBC Nightly News, David Brinkley has been one of the most inspiring newscasters, the media has ever seen.
He was born in North Carolina in Wilmington and was the last born in a family of five children. First he began writing for the Wilmington Star when he was still in high school. He later attended North Carolina at Chapel Hill university right before he joined the army. He was later discharged and started looking for a job with the CBS news network. He instead landed a job with NBC where it only took him a short while before he appeared in television.
Brinkley started reporting for NBC TV news in the year 1951. He was later considered one of the few people who would be able to cover the Democratic and Republican conventions. After a lot of thinking, the producers decided that Brinkley would be perfect working with Huntley who was also a journalist in the network. They were however not sure how it would turn out and so they postponed announcing the report until two months had passed.
The pair worked really well together that they were later taken to the NBC flagship nightly newscast whereby Huntley worked in New York and Brinkley worked in Washington DC. Their show gained a lot of popularity for more reasons than just the informative reporting. Audiences were at that time bored with the tone at which news used to be delivered in a serious way. Brinkley took the media with a storm as he always knew how to place the words to make them both informative and pleasant to listen to.
Some few days before he retired, Brinkley made a mistake of making negative remarks about Clinton who was the newly elected president at that time. Just when he thought he was off air, a fellow news anchor asked him what he thought of Clinton and he talked of how the president was a bore and how "The next four years will be filled with pretty words, and pretty music, and a lot of goddamn nonsense!" when he was told that they were still on air, he said, Really? Well, I'm leaving anyway!"