WGBH Openvault

Ten O'Clock News; Lee Atwater at GOP fundraiser


Meg Vaillancourt reports that Lee Atwater, the Chairman of the Republican National Committee, visited Massachusetts for a Republican Party fundraiser. Vaillancourt reports that Atwater is optimistic about the Massachusetts Republican Party and has been making efforts to recruit minorities to the Republican Party. Students at Howard University protest Atwater's trusteeship at Howard University. Critics accuse the Republican Party of racist politics. David Duke, former Ku Klux Klan wizard, at a press conference. Vaillancourt notes that Atwater denies exploiting racial issues in 1988 presidential campaign advertisements. Vaillancourt's report features footage of Atwater speaking at the fundraiser. Atwater predicts that the next governor of Massachusetts will be a Republican. Atwater defends the Willie Horton campaign advertisements and condemns David Duke. Atwater shakes hands with Herman Wheeler, the President of the MBTA Police Officers Association, who recently switched his allegiance from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party. This edition of the Ten O'Clock News also included the following item: Jesse Jackson addresses students at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government

License Clip

View online at the Boston TV News Digital Library

More material is available from this program at the WGBH Archive. If you are a researcher interested in accessing the collection at WGBH, please email archive_requests@wgbh.org.

Untranscribed item: Request Transcription

Ten O'Clock News

Lee Atwater at GOP fundraiser

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type


Politics, Practical
Political parties
Political campaigns
Race relations
Duke, David Ernest
Advertising, Political
African Americans -- Politics and government
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854-)
Atwater, Lee
News Report
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
Atwater, Lee (Speaker)
Duke, David Ernest (Speaker)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Lee Atwater at GOP fundraiser,” 04/25/1989, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 13, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_371B36EE1BBB46CC9F19FE7901A8E17F.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Lee Atwater at GOP fundraiser.” 04/25/1989. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 13, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_371B36EE1BBB46CC9F19FE7901A8E17F>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Lee Atwater at GOP fundraiser. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_371B36EE1BBB46CC9F19FE7901A8E17F
If you have more information about this item, we want to know! Please contact us, including the URL.