‘Walter Cronkite’s Army’ Author Sandy Fries, Composer Jeff Russo & Daniel Phillips

Sandy Fries is a Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the College of DuPage. He was an NBC Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Fries has written over a hundred scripts for CBS, NBC, ABC and other television networks. About “Walter Cronkite’s Army” An exclusive, behind – the – scenes look at the most trusted and powerful newscast in the history of television: “The CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite.” Cronkite and his team changed history. This book tells how they did it.

The author had unlimited access to all the CBS players, access that was never granted before or again. There’s a Latin saying: ” who watches the watchers? ” This is the only time an outsider has been allowed inside a major news organization and given an “All Access Pass” to watch the watchers.

Two-time GRAMMY® and Emmy-nominated musician Jeff Russo has become a prominent composer, songwriter and arranger in the film and television industry.

Russo recently received an Emmy nomination for his music on FX’s award-winning hit series FARGO, one of the most Emmy-nominated shows of the year, and has already started writing for FARGO’s second season.

Jeff also composes the score for Starz’s original drama, POWER, from executive producer, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, and just completed work on A&E’s horror series, THE RETURNED, as well as CBS’s newest CSI franchise, CSI: CYBER, starring Patricia Arquette. Later this year, he is slated to begin work on the upcoming Spike TV mini-series, TUT, starring Ben Kingsley. Russo’s work on FARGO recently garnered a nomination for the International Film Music Critics Association Award.

In addition to composing music for film and television, Russo still plays music with his rock band. He is a founding member, lead guitarist and co-songwriter of two-time GRAMMY® nominated, multi-platinum selling rock band, TONIC. Their debut album, “Lemon Parade,” posted three singles in the U.S. Mainstream rock Charts’ Top 10, with “If You Could Only See,” rocketing to number one. In 2003, the band received two GRAMMY®-nominations, one for “Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” for “Take Me As I Am,” and one for “Best Rock Album.”

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