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Subject: Jack Perkins, Former NBC News reporter, A&E 'Biography' host

Dead at 85
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Date Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 01:58:47pm


Former NBC News reporter, A&E 'Biography' host Jack Perkins dies at 85
BY JOE CONCHA - 08/20/19 11:28 AM EDT

Former NBC News reporter and A&E "Biography" host Jack Perkins died Monday at age 85.

Perkins served as a reporter, commentator and anchor for "NBC Nightly News" and "Today" during his 25 years with the network. His live reporting included coverage of President Kennedy's assassination on Nov. 22, 1963.

Early in his career at NBC, Perkins worked under anchor David Brinkley, who helped Perkins shape his understated on-air style of allowing the story to be the primary focus, instead of the reporter.

“What Brinkley taught me was a master class in how TV news should be written,” Perkins said in 2012 interview. “Say less, mean more. If a story is dramatic, you don’t have to tell it dramatically. Be simple. Direct. None of this, ‘The nation suffered a great tragedy’ nonsense.”

After retiring from NBC in 1986, Perkins went on to host the popular A&E series "Biography."

Perkins is survived by his son, Eric, who followed his father into journalism and works as sports director at KARE-TV, an NBC affiliate in Minneapolis.

Perkins's wife, Mary Jo, died earlier this year.

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Here's Jack Perkins on A& E in 1991Talking about time machinesTuesday, August 20, 02:01:56pm
I remember Perkins' memorable voice, first and foremost. His smiling amiabe approach to those biography episodes also made the "Biography" series very enjoyable. ...PHOTOTuesday, August 20, 03:05:24pm
While he was in college in the Cleveland area in 1954, he was serving as a reporter for a local TV station (NT)His big break was covering the first Sam Sheppard trialWednesday, August 21, 07:18:43am
His son, Eric Perkins, is a sports achor with KARE-11 in the Twin Cities/Wednesday, August 21, 07:46:15am
Loved that show and Perkins was great. Sad the A&E (Arts & Entertainment) is anything but that these days (NT)RussWednesday, August 21, 11:39:32am

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