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Finding Aid for the Clete Roberts Papers, 1938-1986
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Clete Roberts (1912-1984) was a broadcast journalist and documentary filmmaker. The collection consists of broadcast scripts, reporter's notes, research materials, contracts, correspondence, articles and publicity material, awards, printed matter and ephemera, financial and legal documents, photographs, and audio reels and cassettes.
Clete Roberts (1912-1984) was born Cletus Enoch Haase in Portland, Ore. He began his broadcasting career in Seattle, Wash. in 1928 delivering daily radio stock market reports for the brokerage firm for which he worked. After abandoning aspirations of becoming a professional opera singer, Roberts worked at various Seattle radio stations, including KJR, as a journalist. In 1937 was offered a position as a reporter in Los Angeles by Transradio Press. Within the next several years, Mr. Roberts worked at several Los Angeles radio stations, including KGER as a news editor, KMTR as a news commentator, and KMPC as news director. Roberts joined the Blue Network (which later became the American Broadcasting Company) in 1942. With the outbreak of World War II, he took military leave and joined the Army Air Enlisted Reserve Air Corps where he trained as a pilot. After his discharge, Roberts became a war correspondent for the Blue Network and served with the U.S. Forces in the South Pacific under the command of General Douglas MacArthur. In February 1945, Roberts was assigned by the Blue Network to the European Theater and was named Bureau Manager in Rome, Italy. It was during this tenure that Roberts covered the surrender of German forces in Italy, the death of Mussolini, and obtained exclusive interviews with Donna Rachele Mussolini and Margarita Himmler. Following his tenure as a war correspondent, Roberts settled in Los Angeles and embarked on a broadcasting career that spanned close to forty years, and included groundbreaking work in the early days of television broadcasting. Some of his more notable reporting assignments include: radio pool reporter for "Operation Crossroads", the Bikini Atoll atomic bomb tests in 1946, the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, the French and American Viet Nam wars in 1954 and 1968, the 1956 Suez Crisis, and the 1967 Six-Day War. During his broadcasting career, Roberts worked for a number of companies, including KLAC, CBS-KNXT, NBC, KTLA, KHJ, and KCET. In addition to his television journalism, Mr. Roberts produced a variety of news documentaries via his own production companies (U.S. Television Newsfilm and Clete Roberts Film Group). Mr. Roberts died of a brain aneurysm at the age of 73 in Los Angeles, Calif.
33 boxes (16.5 linear ft.) 2 oversize boxes.
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