His fans identified with his plainspoken political commentary, but critics called him an out-of-touch conservative. He was an early supporter of the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy and a longtime backer of the Vietnam War.
Paul Harvey, commentator, writer, columnist. Achievements include having broadcasts and columns reprinted in Congressional Record 102 times. Board directors John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; member board governors Orchestral Association Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Member Washington Radio and Television Corrs. Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Clubs: Chicago Press.
- Doctor of Letters (honorary), Culver-Stockton College, 1952; Doctor of Letters (honorary), St. Bonaventure University, 1953; Doctor of Laws, John Brown University, Arkansas, 1959; Doctor of Laws, Montana School Mines, 1961; Doctor of Laws, Trinity College Florida, 1963; Doctor of Laws, Parsons College, 1968; HHD, Wayland Baptist College, 1960; HHD, Union College, 1962; HHD, Samford University, 1970; HHD, Howard Payne University, Texas, 1978; HHD, Sterling College, 1982; Degree (honorary), Rosary College, 1996; Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Hillsdale College, Michigan, 2000.
- Announcer radio station KVOO, Tulsa; station manager Salina, Kansas; special events director radio station KXOK, St. Louis; program director radio station WKZO, Kalamazoo, 1941-1943; director news and information Office of War Information, Michigan, Indiana, 1941-1943; news commentator, analyst ABC, from 1944; syndicated columnist Los Angeles Times Syndicate (formerly General Features Corporation), from 1954; television commentator, 1968; Author: Remember These Things, 1952, Autumn of Liberty, 1954, The Rest of the Story, 1956, You Said It, Paul Harvey, 1969, Our Lives, Our Fortunes, Our Sacred Honor, 1975, Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story, 1977, More of Paul Harvey's The Rest of the Story, 1980, Paul Harvey's For What It's Worth, 1991; Album recording Yesterday's Voices, 1959, Testing Time, 1960, Uncommon Man, 1962.
- Member Washington Radio and Television Corrs. Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Clubs: Chicago Press.
In 1940, Harvey married Lynne Cooper of St. Louis. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa at Washington University in St. Louis and a former schoolteacher. They met when Harvey was working at KXOK and Cooper came to the station for a school news program. Harvey invited her to dinner, proposed to her after a few minutes of conversation and from then on called her "Angel," even on his radio show. A year later she said yes. The couple moved to Chicago in 1944.
They had one son, Paul Aurandt, Jr., who goes by the name Paul Harvey, Jr. He assisted his father at News and Comment and The Rest of the Story. Paul, Jr., whose voice announced the bumpers into and out of each News and Comment episode, filled in for his father during broadcasts and broadcast the morning editions after the passing of his mother.
Born September 4, 1918
Died February 28, 2009
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