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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Accession Number

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Steven Singer Papers, 1966-2000



Creator Singer, Steven
Title: Steven Singer papers
Dates: 1966-2000
Abstract: These papers reflect the career of news reporter and producer Steven Singer and include research and production material for numerous television news segments and newspaper articles. Award-winning news producer and investigative journalist Steven H. Singer worked for the Houston Chronicle, KERA (PBS) in Dallas, CBS Reports, 60 Minutes, ABC News, 20/20, Nightline, CNN, ESPN, and others.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01364
Extent: 4 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Award-winning news producer and investigative journalist Steven H. Singer worked for the Houston Chronicle before moving on to television news documentary work. Singer reported and produced for KERA (PBS) in Dallas, CBS Reports, 60 Minutes, ABC News, 20/20, Nightline, CNN, ESPN, and others.

In 1969, Singer worked as a general assignment reporter for the Houston Chronicle. In 1971, he and several colleagues working in Houston media began the Houston Journalism Review, which critiqued Houston media.

At Dallas public television station KERA, Singer was an on-air reporter. Eventually, the station started a documentary unit with Singer as its producer. Singer's first documentary was "Big Thicket Holler," which depicted the conflict between timber owners and environmentalists over the creation of a national park in East Texas. The award-winning broadcast was shown nationally on PBS and requested by the Library of Congress for its film collection. His next broadcast, "A Thirst in the Garden," documented conditions of farmworkers in Texas' Rio Grande Valley. It received a George Foster Peabody Award.

In 1977, Singer joined CBS Reports with Bill Moyers, where he produced a story on Texas banking practices. In May 1978, he started at ABC's Close-Up. His documentary on chemical waste disposal, "The Killing Ground," received awards including an Oscar nomination, two Emmy Awards, and a Christopher Award.

In 1988, Singer joined 60 Minutes, working mostly overseas with stories on the Japanese mafia and the Vietnamese boat people. He returned to Austin, Texas, in 1990 where he continued his investigative work as a freelance journalist. His Texas stories included investigations of cost overruns in national parks, coverage of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, as well as stories from the Texas-Mexico border.

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Scope and Contents

These papers reflect the career of news reporter and producer Steven Singer and include research and production material for numerous television news segments and newspaper articles. Topics include the Academy Award-nominated program "The Killing Ground," CNN special report on "Border Babies," reports on nuclear and chemical weapons and waste, and newspaper clippings from Houston; Dallas; Boston; Nyack, New York; and Riverside, California.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Singer, Steven
Corporate Names
ABC News.
CBS News.
Cable News Network.
KERA Dallas/Ft. Worth (Television station)
Subjects
Broadcast journalism
Journalism--Authorship
Journalists
Television broadcasting of news

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Material Culture unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Steven Singer Papers, 1966-2000, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, November 2009.

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Accession Number

2009-167

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2009-167/1 ABC News 1979-1988
"The Killing Ground" 1979-1980
I and II scripts
Clips
Academy Awards
The Christopher/Pix Awards February 28, 1980
Folos, awards, etc. March 29, 1979
Folos Awards
II – press
Beirut show 1980-1981
Notebooks
Clips, Folos, awards
Press
"Uranium Factor" 1983-1984
Clips
Investigative Reporters and Editors National Conference in San Diego June 26-28, 1981
Awards, press, Folos
"The Fire Unleashed"– nuclear weapons 1985
Notebooks
Awards
Script
Press
[William A.] Barletta
"Rain of Terror" 1980-1981
Notebooks
Press – clips
Folos, awards, letters, clips, script
"The Bomb Factories" 1987-1988
Notebooks
Press, awards
Saudi Arabia notebook
Meatpacking 1987
Notebooks
Press
Iran notebooks
Iran-Iraq War (chemical) 1987
Research trip notebooks
Egypt
Middle East
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2009-167/2 ABC News/KERA (Dallas PBS) 1973-1985
Travel stuff
"A Thirst in the Garden" and Texas Rent-A-Bank awards, recognition, clips
Dallas Journalism Review KERA
[Walter] Lippmann Fellows
KERA-TV Dallas
Dallas Morning News food page 1975
Texas Rent-A-Bank
9 o'clock report
"Mexico: Times of Crisis" July 25, 1982
Notebooks
Press reviews, etc
"JFK"
Notebooks
PR/Press
"Growing Old in America" December 28, 1985
Notebooks
Press
CNN 1991-1998
INDY/ESPN 1996
Hoover – Documents/scripts 1994
Pollution, Houston script notes 1992
Grazing (N.M.) 1993
"Democracy in America" 1992
Juarez murders 1998
CNN [press on Mexican border]
General Mexican clips/Juarez
Juarez interviews
Murders of Juarez women
Singer and Parathon 1991
Oklahoma City Bombing 1995
Oak Ridge 1993
Los Alamos 1994
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2009-167/3 CNN Special Assignment: "Border Babies", pts. I and II 1985-1997
Notebooks
Scripts
Press
AFL-CIO
Brains/valley/studies
UTMB-BCCC Study
Babies/clips/insurance
Editing materials
Fact check/Scripts, etc.
Court cases
Interview transcripts
ID badges and name tags 1988-2000
Passports and business cards 1969-1998
Luggage and hotel tags
Pan Am Flight 103 boarding pass February 17 [no year]
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2009-167/4 Boston September 1966-May 1967
Boston Herald
Poor Howard's Wednesday Afternoon Post
American Music Festival
The Journal News, Nyack, NY
Route 59 (series)
Rockland County 'Earthquakes'
North Rockland Hospital (series)
Yugoslavia pix page
Nyack 'disturbance'
Europe negatives
The Floods
Mike Duncan
Ashcroft, Jimmy
CATV
Clips, photos April-May 1967, July-August 1968
US Rep. John Dow (D-NY) press aide July 1968-January 1969
Riverside Press-Enterprise, Riverside, CA, clips, photos March-August 1969
Houston Chronicle clips 1969-1972
Newspaper Houston, Space City News 1971
Chicken/story Houston Journalism Review
Houston Journalism Review, Newspaper Houston 1971-1972
Houston Chronicle by-lines January-April 1970
Houston Chronicle- some best clips, NY Times free lance articles
Dallas clips, photos February 1973-October 1977
KERA-TV (PBS)
More magazine
Dallas Journalism Review
Texas Observer
CBS News/ 60 Minutes
Texas bug story notebook
Navy court martial of Capt. Balian notebook
Japan, 60 Minutes notebook
CBS clips/ 60 Minutes scripts
Japan trip-Philippines
"Who's minding the banks?", CBS Reports 1978
Education show
Awards, financial/memoes/scripts
Clips
CNN Special Assignment, "Grazing" 1987-1993
White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico
Evacuation waiver of Agreement 1993
Evacuation calendars 1988-1993
BLM and state grazing lease payments
Ranchers with evacuation leases; WSMR; ranchers with BLM and state leases
Ben Cain
Southwest grazing (Baldrige)
Grazing/maps/logs
Contracts/rationals/CA_BAR
Evacuations/impacts/Fold x-change
Interview transcripts

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