A nation grieves the loss of JFK
People around the world openly grieved the loss of President John F. Kennedy in the days following the assassination. In Washington, hundreds of thousands of people waited in freezing cold temperatures to honor the president as he lay in state inside the U.S. Capitol rotunda.
While a nation mourned its leader, news reporters gathered any information that would help make sense of the tragedy. MacNeil and Lehrer discuss their personal reactions to Kennedy’s death and how the event shaped their careers. This video is an extended excerpt from MacNeil and Lehrer’s conversation with Judy Woodruff for our special report on the Kennedy assassination, 50 years later. Watch the special report on Thursday night’s broadcast of PBS NewsHour.
Watch more of MacNeil and Lehrer’s full interview with Judy Woodruff on the Kennedy assassination:
- Robert MacNeil hosts a radio documentary, “We Knew JFK”, built around the recorded recollections of people who knew Jack Kennedy personally.