Magazine June 14, 2021, Issue

Marvin Kalb at Home and Abroad

Marvin Kalb
Marvin Kalb (Courtesy of the Brookings Institution Press)
Scenes from a newsman’s life

The voice and face are perfectly familiar, to someone who grew up with them. I am talking with Marvin Kalb, via Zoom. For 30 years, he was a reporter and analyst for CBS News and NBC News. In the mid 1980s, he was host of Meet the Press. Since 1994, he has hosted The Kalb Report, from the National Press Club.

He has also authored or co-authored many books — 17, in fact — including two novels. His very first book, published in 1958, was about his experiences in the Soviet Union. So is his new one: Assignment Russia: Becoming a

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