|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1928|
|Death: ||Nov. 8, 2011|
Journalist. For two decades, he was a major contributor to ABC News' coverage of the American political landscape. Raised in Chicago, he attained his bachelor of science in Journalism from the University of Illinois in 1950 and upon graduation landed his first job as editor of sports with the DeKalb Daily Chronicle. Following service with the US Army (for whom he was an intelligence officer) during the Korean War, he resumed his career as a journalist, as a police reporter with the Chicago City News Bureau and later for the Chicago American. With the aid of a Fulbright Scholarship, Bruno was able to travel abroad and gain experience as a foreign correspondent, covering such hot 1950s topics as Israeli-Arab relations and the Cuban revolution. On December 1st, 1958, his coverage of the horrific fire at Our Lady of the Angels Elementary School (Chicago), (in which 92 students and 3 nuns perished) captured the full magnitude of the loss of humanity that day. This experience would have a profound impact on him for the rest of his life. The tragic event led to more requirements for building fire codes and safety procedures, in good part due to his reporting. In 1960, he moved into the national spotlight becoming a part of Newsweek Magazine's staff, with whom he served as a domestic reporter, foreign correspondent, news editor and what would become his specialty, as chief political correspondent. In 1978, he entered the medium of television with ABC News' Washington Bureau, where he served as political director, overseeing campaign coverage and election results. In addition, Bruno lent his expertise as an on-air analyst and served as a panelist during vice presidential debates. He was the longtime host of the weekly radio interview series "Hal Bruno's Washington". After retiring in 1999, he devoted more time to his lengthy association on the topic of fire safety. He served as chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and was recipient of numerous awards for his efforts. He died of complications from heart arrhythmia, ironically on Election Day. (bio by: C.S.)
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Record added: Nov 09, 2011
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