From Edward R. Murrow to ""Sixty Minutes"" and CNN, the television correspondent has become a fixture of American journalism in the latter half of the 20th century. The correspondent's role has changed, however, as centralized control, changing technology, ""infotainment"", and profit margin, have influenced the way that television networks operate and television news is reported. This text focuses in detail on ""the foot soldier of network news"", providing an examination of television news correspondents and their work, with much of the analysis coming from the correspondents themselves, including: Jim Bittermann; Chris Bury; Michael Murrie; Roger O'Neil; Walter C. Rodgers; Marlene Sanders; George Strait; Ed Turner; Garrick Utley.
Joe S. Foote is the dean of the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of "Television Access and Political Power: The Networks, the President, and the Loyal Opposition." Before entering teaching, he served as press secretary for Speaker Carl Albert and as administrative assistant to Congressman Dave McCurdy.