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John Charles Daly

  • Birth 20 Feb 1914 Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Death 24 Feb 1991 Chevy Chase, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Columbarium 4, Section I, Row 24, Niche 5
  • Memorial ID 7261609

Journalist, Game Show Host, and Radio Personality. He is probably best remembered for hosting the CBS television panel show "What's My Line?" from 1950 until 1967. Born John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly in Johannesburg, South Africa where his American father worked as a geologist. After his father died of tropical fever, his mother moved the family to Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Tilton School, a college preparatory school in Tilton, New Hampshire and then attended Boston College in Boston, Massachusetts. He began his broadcasting career as a reporter for NBC Radio, and then for WJSV (now WTOP), the local CBS Radio Network affiliate in Washington DC, serving as CBS's White House correspondent. Through covering the Roosevelt White House, he became known to the national CBS audience as the network announcer for many of Presient Franklin D. Roosevelt's speeches. In late 1941 he transferred to New York City, New York where he became anchor of "The World Today." As a reporter for CBS, he was the first national radio correspondent to deliver the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, and he was the first to relay the wire service report of the death of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on April 12, 1945. During World War II, he covered the news from London as well as the North African and Italian fronts. He was a war correspondent in 1943 in Italy during General George S. Patton's infamous "slapping incidents." After the war he was a lead reporter on CBS Radio's news/entertainment program "CBS Is There" (later known on television as "You Are There"), which re-created the great events of history as if CBS correspondents were on the scene. His first venture into television was in 1948 as a panelist on the CBS game show "Celebrity Time" (also known as "The Eyes Have It"), which led to a job in 1950 as the host and moderator on a new CBS television panel show "What's My Line?" In 1949 he starred in the short-lived CBS Television newspaper drama "The Front Page." From 1954 to 1963, in addition to his duties with "What's My Line?" he also hosted the final year of the NBC Television game show "Who Said That?" in which celebrities tried to determine the speaker of quotations taken from recent news reports. During the 1950s he became the vice president in charge of news, special events, and public affairs, religious programs and sports for ABC. From 1953 until 1958 he served as the anchor for television's "ABC Evening News" and again from 1959 until 1960. He continued on "What's My Line?" for 17 years, hosting all but four episodes of the weekly series. In September 1967 he became the director of "Voice of America" but resigned the position in June 1968. He then retreated from the public eye but did co-host the 25th anniversary program of "What's My Line?" for ABC in 1975. In the 1980s he was a frequent forum moderator for the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute. He won the Peabody Award for Radio-Television News (1954), ABC Television News for Coverage of the National Political Conventions (1956) and ABC Television, "Prologue '58" (1957). In 1963 he won an Emmy Award for Best News Reporter or Commentator - ABC, and received 5 other Emmy nominations from 1956 to 1959. In 1962 he won the Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Male. From 1954 to 1967 he made guest appearances on the television shows "Death Valley Days," "The Motorola Television Hour," "The Christophers," "The Adventures of Jim Bowie," "Father Knows Best," "Pistols 'n' Petticoats," as well as an uncredited appearance in the 1963 musical comedy film "Bye Bye Birdie." He died in Chevy Chase, Maryland at the age of 77. He was the son-in-law of US Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren.

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  • Added: 14 Mar 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7261609
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Charles Daly (20 Feb 1914–24 Feb 1991), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7261609, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .