‘Nightline’ at 30: A Retrospective in Journalism

By David Schoetz

Mar 24, 2010 10:56am

A moment out of the daily grind to celebrate a milestone. Today marks the 30th anniversary of the "Nightline" debut, a television news gamble that grew out of the Iran hostage crisis. My colleague Kinga Janik has compiled a mind-blowing interactive timeline that features some of our finest programming — from capturing critical moments in history to creative storytelling we often do best.  As she notes in the accompanying report, the early reviews were not exactly promising. "To judge from its premiere, it is not likely to see 'America Held Spellbound,'" wrote Tom Shales, who remains a TV columnist for the Washington Post. But here were are, three decades later, always striving to be on the news — and deliver it to you as intelligently as possible. As our executive producer James Goldston likes to say, "On we go." Click HERE to check out the interactive timeline. And with so many throwback "Nightline" videos to choose from, I picked the one below, the first live shot ever from Mt. Everest in 1982. Enjoy.  

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