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Ten O'Clock News; Mel King and Jim Roosevelt


Meg Vaillancourt reports that Mel King and Jim Roosevelt are among those running to succeed Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill (Speaker of the House) in Massachusetts' 8th Congressional District. Vaillancourt compares the upbringing and careers of both King and Roosevelt, noting that they are not at all alike and that neither has anything in common with O'Neill. Vaillancourt talks about King's political experience and Roosevelt's public service experience and notes that the two candidates, along with Joseph P. Kennedy and George Bachrach are the frontrunners in the race. The report includes footage from interviews with both candidates and with Jim Roosevelt's sister, Anne Roosevelt Johnson. The report also features photographs of the two candidates throughout their careers and footage of both candidates campaigning.

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Ten O'Clock News

Mel King and Jim Roosevelt

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



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King, Mel
Bachrach, George A., 1951-
Kennedy, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1952-
O'Neill, Tip
Roosevelt, James, 1945-
Political campaigns
African American politicians
News Report
O'Neill, Tip (Speaker)
Roosevelt, James, 1945- (Interviewee)
Vaillancourt, Meg (Reporter)
King, Mel (Interviewee)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Mel King and Jim Roosevelt,” 04/01/1986, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 20, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AFD0E6868518420ABE772BD189829831.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Mel King and Jim Roosevelt.” 04/01/1986. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 20, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AFD0E6868518420ABE772BD189829831>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Mel King and Jim Roosevelt. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_AFD0E6868518420ABE772BD189829831
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