World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article
 

Jim Hartz

Jim Hartz
Born James Leroy Hartz
(1940-02-03) February 3, 1940
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Occupation News Anchor, Columnist, Reporter
Years active 1962 - 1993

Jim Hartz (born February 3, 1940)[1] is a former American television personality during the mid- and late-1970s. At age 24, Hartz was the youngest correspondent NBC had ever hired. He became best known to a national audience for a two-year position as the co-host of the Today Show, along with Barbara Walters. Hartz replaced Frank McGee.

Career

Hartz was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and graduated from Tulsa Central High School in 1958. He then attended the University of Tulsa as a premed student, but after three years he decided to pursue journalism instead.[1] Hartz first became a reporter for KOTV in Tulsa in 1962 and was promoted to news director in 1964, shortly before he joined NBC-owned WNBC-TV in New York. At the age of 24, he was the youngest correspondent that NBC had ever hired. There, he served as anchor of the 6 o'clock and 11 o'clock nightly newscasts, where he remained until 1974, when NBC promoted him to Today. His run with "Today" turned out to be relatively brief; future NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw would take over from him in 1976, when Walters left for ABC. Hartz then went to WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., where he was an anchor until 1979. Throughout his career, Hartz earned five Emmy Awards and two Ace Awards for cable television.

After leaving NBC, Hartz succeeded Hugh Downs as co-host of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Over Easy, sharing the program with Broadway legend, Mary Martin. He also hosted another public television program, Innovation, during the early 1980s. In the early 1990s he co-anchored a weekly PBS-NHK joint venture news program, Asia Now, from Tokyo, Japan. Hartz travelled to and from Japan over 30 times while filming this series.

Hartz, who resides in Alexandria, Virginia, became chairman of the Will Rogers Memorial Commission in 1993 and is a member of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. Hartz has flown in a large number of military aircraft, including the SR-71, and he is regarded as an aerospace expert. His first major assignment was co-anchoring with David Brinkley during the sudden return of Gemini VIII on March 16, 1966. Hartz has covered every manned flight after that from 1966 to 1976.

References

  1. ^ a b Dustin O'Connor, "Hartz, James L." at Oklahoma Historical Society Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture (retrieved June 18, 2009).

External links

  • "Tulsa TV Memories" article on Hartz's days in Oklahoma
Preceded by
Frank McGee and Barbara Walters
Today Show Host with Barbara Walters
April 22, 1974–June 4, 1976
Succeeded by
Tom Brokaw
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
 
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
 
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.
 


Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.