Mervin Block

Mervyn PictureMervin Block's work is featured in Creating Powerful Radio. Mervin worked as a staff writer on the "CBS Evening News" and the "ABC Evening News," freelanced at NBC News, and did a stint as a writing consultant at CBS News.  He has written news for Walter Cronkite, Charles Kuralt, Charles Osgood, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Frank Reynolds, Harry Reasoner, Roger Mudd, Ed Bradley, Douglas Edwards, Edwin Newman, Marlene Sanders and Mike Wallace.

Block also wrote and broadcast editorials for WNBC-TV, New York City; served as executive news producer, WBBM-TV, Chicago; and worked as a newspaper reporter and editor in Chicago.

Block writes a column on broadcast newswriting, "WordWatching," in Communicator, the magazine of the Radio-Television News Directors Association. He also conducts newswriting workshops for radio and television stations.

He holds the M.S.J. from the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, and a certificate from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he teaches part-time.

He has won first prize three times for TV spot-news scripts in the annual competition of the Writers Guild of America.

Block has written three books: Writing Broadcast News--Shorter, Sharper, Stronger and Rewriting Network News: Word Watching Tips from 345 TV and Radio Scripts and Broadcast Newswriting: The RTNDA Reference Guide.

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