Chester Robert Huntley (1911-1974) is best known for his co-anchoring the The Huntley-Brinkley Report. The show was the top rated in television during its fifteen-year history. Huntley worked for CBS and ABC News from 1937 to 1955, until he was hired by NBC News. He first worked with future co-anchor David Brinkley covering the Republican and Democratic conventions. When NBC placed Brinkley and Huntley together, they formed a dynamic duo, earning eight Emmy Awards, and reaching an audience of twenty million . A research company found that Huntley and his partner were more widely recognized then famous stars including James Stewart, Cary Grant and the Beatles. Huntley retired in August 1970, and returned to his Montana ranch. He died of lung cancer in 1974.
While winning eight Emmy Awards with his partner, David Brinkley, for the The Huntley-Brinkley Report, Huntley also received many personal awards; included, the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Award, two Overseas Press Club Awards, and the George Polk Memorial Award.
- On the Huntley-Brinkley Report, co-anchors, David Brinkley and Huntley would end the newscast by with the now well known phase, "Good night, David. Good night, Chet."
- Huntley developed the "Big Sky" resort, in Montana where he retired.
- In his first job after attending the University of Washington Huntley received $10 a month.
- At the height of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, Huntley received an estimated $200,000 salary.