NBC News Update Jessica Savitch 1978




From NBC in 1978, Jessica Savitch in her prime.

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  1. ive only just stumbled upon this whole jessica savitch thing, but in the small amount of videos ive seen, i was thinking the exact same thing! her final report is only 6 years after this!

  2. What a talented, attractive (if not threateningly so), and professional communicator. Her private life, however, was a mess, and only a handful of people gave a damn. What a big loss – she was a true TV news pioneer who never really had a chance.

  3. @BigVideoFan88 You have to read the book it's based on, by Gwenda Blair…marvelous. And it turns out it was probably put on the air by one of its executives at the time, Judy Girard–who was a college roommate of Savitch's.

  4. Just saw the TV-movie. The "tirade" she had was greatly exaggerated,as was the so-called "breakdown" on-air where she had some slurred speech. I saw that when it originally aired and did think she was talking a bit funny,but Savitch always had a weird accent & slight lisp. Also ridiculous was the way it showed her having trouble saying "constitution," then staring, saying nothing. Simply didn't happen that way. Director Peter Werner should have a baseball bat slammed across his face.

  5. i don't know if it's just because the style was so different back then, making one look older; but while she is surely attractive, at 30, she looks like a 45 year-old woman would look today.

  6. Folks are commenting about how "old" she looks, but the clothing and hair are very typical for the times. Remember, at this time, a woman such as she was trying to prove herself to be a professional person, not a showgirl. The fashion was a bit more formal but very much like the clothes that my elementary school teachers wore in those days. She was all business with some added charm. Well done

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