interview with journalist / news correspondent SANDER VANOCUR who recounts his first meeting with John F. Kennedy in 1960 in Las Vegas .
He began his journalism career as a reporter on the London Staff of The Manchester Guardian, and also did general reporting for The New York Times.
 Telejournalism career
Described as "one of the country’s most prominent political reporters during the 1960s," Vanocur served as White House correspondent and national political correspondent for NBC News in the 1960s and early 1970s. He was one of the questioners at the first Kennedy-Nixon debate in 1960 and one of NBC's "four horsemen," its floor reporters at the political conventions in the 1960s; the other three were John Chancellor, Frank McGee, and Edwin Newman. While White House correspondent during the Kennedy administration, Vanocur dubbed Kennedy's coterie the "Irish mafia." Later, Vanocur covered the 1968 United States presidential election in which Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated. Vanocur, who had interviewed Kennedy on June 4, 1968 shortly before the Democratic candidate was shot, reported on the incident from The Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California for the entire night
Vanocur recalls meeting JFK at the original RAT PACK show in Las Vegas . He discusses Kennedy's ways and the early coverage he gave him for television news
recalls Kennedy dealing wit the press and how New Englanders were reserved and how he surrounded himself with amateurs on the campaign
Vanocur recalls Kennedy's legendary press conferences and how fun and alive they were. Recounts that JFK was the first TELEVISION PRESIDENT and how JFK was the first to insist on regular tv press conferences
further recalls the Kennedy years and how TV was used in that administration.
Sander Vanocur interview ends
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