Robert Macneil Biography, Age, Family, Wife, Children, and Net Worth

Robert Macneil Biography

Robert Macneil (Robert Breckenridge Ware “Robin” MacNeil, OC) is a Canadian-American novelist, and retired television news anchor and journalist who partnered with Jim Lehrer to create The MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1975.

Robert Macneil Age

MacNeil was born on 19th of January 1931 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is 88 years old as of 2019.

Robert Macneil  Family | Young

MacNeil was born in Montreal, the son of Margaret Virginia (mother) and Robert A. S. MacNeil (father) He was brought up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. he has also not shared any information him having siblings or elder brothers and sisters.

Robert Macneil Wife | Children

There is no information about Robert having been married, he has not shared any information about him having married and has opted to keep silent about his personal life. He has also not shared any information about him having dated before.

Robert Macneil Education

He was raised up in Halifax, Nova Scotia, went to boarding school at Upper Canada College, then attended Dalhousie University and later graduated from Carleton University in Ottawa in 1955.

Robert Macneil Career

MacNeil began his caree working in the news field at ITV in London, then for Reuters, and then for NBC News as a correspondent in Washington, D.C. and New York City. n November 22, 1963, MacNeil was covering President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas for NBC News. After shots rang out in Dealey Plaza, MacNeil, who was with the presidential motorcade, followed crowds running onto the Grassy Knoll (he appears in a photo taken just moments after the assassination).

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He later headed towards the nearest building and encountered a man leaving the Texas School Book Depository. He asked the man where the nearest telephone was and the man pointed and went on his way. MacNeil later learned the man he encountered at about 12:33 p.m. CST might have been Lee Harvey Oswald. This conclusion was made by historian William Manchester in his book The Death of a President (1967), who believed that Oswald, recounting the day’s events to the Dallas Police, mistook MacNeil as a Secret Service agent because of his suit, blond crew cut, and press badge (which Oswald apparently mistook for government identification).

He as well covered American and European politics for the BBC. From 1971 to 1974, he hosted the news discussion show Washington Week in Review on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). MacNeil rose to fame during his coverage of the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings with PBS, for which he later received an Emmy Award. This helped lead to his most famous news role when he joined with Jim Lehrer in 1975 to create the PBS daily evening news program, The Robert MacNeil Report. This was later renamed The MacNeil/Lehrer Report and then The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour.


After his 20 years in the PBS flagship news program, MacNeil retired from his nightly appearances on October 20, 1995. The daily news program he co-founded continues today as the PBS NewsHour. In the 2000 Hamlet MacNeil played the Player King and a TV news reporter. On September 11, 2001, after the terrorist attacks in New York City and Arlington County, Virginia, MacNeil called PBS and offered to help. He joined PBS in its coverage of the attacks and their aftermath, interviewing reporters and giving his thoughts on the events of 9/11.

He later hosted the PBS television miniseries America at a Crossroads, which presented independently produced documentaries concerning the “War on Terrorism”. The series initially ran from April 15–20, with further episodes later that year. In a Sesame Street Special Report, The Muppet Show parody of the Iran-Contra scandal, MacNeil investigated the “Cookiegate” incident involving the Cookie Monster. MacNeil served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the MacDowell Colony from 1993 to 2010. MacNeill was succeeded by Michael Chabon.

Robert Macneil Net Worth

Robbert estimated net worth is under review, there is no information about his net worth or salary but he is said to have been earning a huge salary from his work.

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