There are plenty of talented producers and creators in the television industry, but few people actually change the way things are done and set a new standard of excellence.
One man who did just that was Arkansas native Fred Graham, and he has sadly passed away at the age of 88.
Graham was an attorney who began his media career working as a writer for the New York Times.
During that period, he covered the Supreme Court for the publication. From there, Graham took the idea of daily court coverage to the airwaves and established Court TV.
This was a concept that revolutionized the industry by offering live television coverage from inside the courtroom.
In addition to founding Court TV during this time, Graham also co-founded the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Stephen J. Adler, committee’s current chairman, stated, “Graham was instrumental in creating the organization that we are today.”
A Little Rock, Arkansas native, Graham went to a small school in Texarcana before moving to Tennessee to attend high school.
After graduation, the future television giant attended Yale University on a full scholarship.
Graham would later enlist in the Marines, and from there he would attend Vanderbilt University while also working as a reporter at The Tennessean.
After attending Oxford University as a Fulbright Scholar and a brief stint as an attorney, Graham would find his ultimate calling at the New York Times.
There is little doubt that Graham will be remembered as a true pioneer in the realm of live TV and will surely be missed by many.