Hal Bruno, RIP

Abc_hal_bruno_obit_wy_111109_wblogHal Bruno was the authoritative voice of political coverage for ABC News in the 1980s and 90s, leading a team in what was a different era of journalism.

Byron Wolf of ABC News writes, “He was all about telling the stories of people in politics and getting his information from on the ground.

“‘Those people don’t exist anymore,’ said Ken Rudin, political editor at NPR and Bruno’s deputy at ABC for more than a decade. ‘Now it’s fluff and it’s rumor and it’s innuendo and it’s polling and front-runners. Hal wasn’t like that. He knew people.'”

Perhaps most famously, Bruno moderated the 1992 vice presidential debate between incumbent Dan Quayle, Al Gore and James Stockdale, the latter being the unlikely running mate to Ross Perot. It was Bruno who asked each candidate for an opening statement, and Stockdale replied, “Who am I? Why am I hear?”

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