One of the most recognized figures in broadcast journalism, Bryant Gumbel brings a wealth of experience and an unrivaled versatility to his first effort on PBS. The four-time Emmy winner has brought numerous landmark events into American homes over the past 25 years, earning a reputation for integrity and credibility.
Gumbel worked for NBC for nearly 25 years, serving as anchor of its Today show for an unprecedented tenure of 15 years. He also anchored that network's 1992 presidential election coverage and hosted NBC's primetime coverage of the 1988 Olympic Summer Games in Seoul, South Korea. He was a contributing anchor for Dateline, the network's primetime magazine.
Following his groundbreaking work at NBC, Gumbel joined CBS in 1997, where he hosted his own nightly newsmagazine and anchored The Early Show from 1998-2000. Today, in addition to his duties on Flashpoints USA with Bryant Gumbel and Gwen Ifill, he is the anchor of Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, a monthly series on HBO.
Gumbel has compiled a remarkably diverse array of credits. He has interviewed superpower leaders and Super Bowl heroes and has covered foreign wars, elections, international summits, and presidential inaugurations. He has anchored and reported from all corners of the globe, including Europe, China, Australia, Russia, Cuba, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East. He covered the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia, the reopening of the arms negotiations from Geneva, and the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon from Ho Chi Minh City.
In addition to his three Emmy awards; Gumbel has received the United Negro College Fund's highest honor, the Frederick D. Patterson Award; as well as the Martin Luther King Award from the Congress of Racial Equality and three NAACP Image Awards.
Born September 29, 1948, in New Orleans, Gumbel was raised in Chicago. He graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a liberal arts degree. He has received honorary doctorates from Bates, Xavier, Holy Cross, Providence College and Clark Atlanta University. He serves on the boards of the United Negro College Fund, the United Way of New York City, Xavier University in New Orleans, and Bates.