Biographical Information:

Dates: 1945-
Dates in Ridgefield: 2013-

author, playwright, media critic, former broadcast journalist

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From "The recipient of an Emmy Award for media criticism, Burns kicked off his career as a correspondent for NBC News. He appeared regularly on NBC Nightly News and had his own segment, called "Cross-Country," on the Today show. For his work with NBC, Burns was named one of the best writers in the history of broadcast journalism, joining such luminaries as Edward R. Murrow, Charles Kuralt, Eric Sevareid, Harry Reasoner and David Brinkley (Washington Journalism Review, February, 1985) and a script of his appears in the prestigious college text, Writing News for Broadcast (Columbia University Press), which refers to Burns as an "artist" with words.

Burns was a commentator for Entertainment Tonight, as well as the host of Arts & Entertainment Revue, on the A&E cable network.

In addition, Burns is the author of four critically-saluted books: The Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol (Temple University Press, 2004) Broadcast Blues: Dispatches from the Twenty-Year War Between a Television Reporter and His Medium (HarperCollins, 1993), The Joy of Books: Confessions of a Lifelong Reader (Prometheus, 1995), and a short work of fiction, The Autograph (Prometheus, 1997). He has written on matters of media and popular culture for such magazines as Reader's Digest, The Weekly Standard, Spy, TV Guide and Family CIrcle, in addition to such newspapes as the New York Post and Los Angeles Times."

Eric Burns was also the program host/moderator of Fox News Channel's acclaimed Fox News Watch for ten years from1998 to 2008. Born in Pittsburgh, Burns attended Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA and received a B.A. English.


The Joy of Books, 1995
Spirits of America: A Social History of Alcohol, 2004
The Smoke of the Gods: A Social History of Tobacco, 2006
Infamous Scribblers: The Founding Fathers and the Rowdy Beginings of American Journalism, 2007
Virtue, Valor, and Vanity: The Founding Fathers and the Pursuit of Fame, 2007
All the News Unfit to Print, 2009
Invasion of the Mind Snatchers: Television's Conquest of America in the Fifties, 2010