Chet Huntley

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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 .[1] A research company found that Huntley and his partner were more widely recognized then famous stars including James Stewart, Cary Grant and the Beatles.[2] Huntley retired in August 1970, and returned to his Montana ranch. He died of lung cancer in 1974.[3]


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.[4]
  • At the height of the Huntley-Brinkley Report, Huntley received an estimated $200,000 salary.