Huntley was in New York, Brinkley in Washington, D.C. From these two East Coast cities, Chet Huntley and David Brinkley co-anchored The Huntley Brinkley Report from October 29, 1956 to July 31, 1970. When the program ended, Brinkley remained with NBC News, anchoring with John Chancellor and Frank McGee, but Huntley signed off for the final time 45 years ago today, on that last day of July in 1970.
Here's what Brinkley had to say about Huntley in his 1999 Archive interview:
In the final broadcast of The Huntley Brinkley Report, Huntley offered some hope to the American viewer with his parting words:
"Be patient and have courage, for there will be better and happier news, one day, if we work at it."
Most would say we're still working at it.