Frank McGee

Inducted: 1974

FRANK McGEE (1921-1974) achieved giant stature among American broadcasters through his innovations and his human approach to news coverage. He began his career on KGFF Shawnee in 1940 and moved to WKY-TV Oklahoma City in 1950 where he did the nation’s first news film coverage of a criminal trial. Moving to WSFA-TV Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, he earned national recognition for his coverage of racial strife. The remaining seventeen years of his life he spent with the NBC national television network, moderating the first presidential candidate debates in 1960 and anchoring major news shows. Among his many awards was the 1968 Emmy for the best special events news coverage of the year.