June 6, 1944: Allied forces land on the beaches of Normandy, launching a long-awaited invasion of Nazi-occupied France. CBS listeners learned of the invasion from Robert Trout, who covered the its first crucial days from CBS Studio 9 in New York. Events unfolded so quickly that Trout was forced to improvise from teletype and shortwave bulletins. He took to the microphone 35 times in 24 hours. One particular stretch lasted for more than seven hours. No wonder he garnered the nickname, “the iron man of radio.” The audio clip below is from one of his earliest reports on June 6. At the time, only German radio was reporting “an invasion.” At the time, no formal announcement had been made by Allied forces. Trout warned listeners it might all be a ruse.
The Briscoe Center has announced five finalists for the first Morley Safer Award for Outstanding Reporting. The award, created in partnership with the family of the late CBS News correspondent Morley Safer, recognizes a story or series of stories that reflects Safer’s journalistic legacy.
“We are delighted to have such an exceptionally worthy group of finalists for the inaugural Morley Safer Award,” said Don Carleton, executive director of the Briscoe Center. “Our jury panel faced a difficult challenge in selecting these five finalists from the many excellent submissions.”