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While much of normal news agency work is little publicized, many UP / UPI news staffers did gain fame, either while with the agency or in later careers.
Among them were Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, Edwin Newman, Harrison Salisbury, several of the core members of Edward R. Murrow's famed Murrow's Boys: Charles Collingwood, Eric Sevareid, Richard C. Hottelet, Howard K. Smith, and Larry LeSueur.
The founding director of CBS News, Paul White, for whom the top award given by the broadcast news directors organization Radio Television Digital News Association ( RTDNA ) is named, Kent Cooper, who later became the longtime GM of rival Associated Press, early ABC News president Elmer Lower, Raymond Clapper, originator of the term " smoked-filled room ", Merriman Smith, Helen Thomas, Marie Colvin, Martha Gellhorn, Kate Webb, Henry Tilton Gorrell, Seymour Hersh, Lucien Carr, Neil Sheehan, Brit Hume, Keith Olbermann, New York Times columnists Thomas Friedman and Gail Collins, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, sportswriter and Untouchables co-author Oscar Fraley, author H. Allen Smith, military author Joe Galloway, Saigon evacuation photographer Hubert van Es, photographer Stan Stearns, 1970s White House photographer David Hume Kennerly, White House spokesmen George Reedy, Ron Nessen and Larry Speakes, longtime Las Vegas bureau manager Myram Borders, onetime CIA Director Richard Helms, who interviewed Adolf Hitler for United Press during the 1936 Olympics, diplomat Edward M. Korry, former UP correspondent to Moscow Eugene Lyons, C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, ex-Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton, 1980's-90's Singapore President Wee Kim Wee and novelists Allen Drury, Tony Hillerman and Daniel Silva.
Veteran foreign correspondent Arnaud de Borchgrave worked for UP / UPI both early and late in his career, some fifty years apart.
Naked City photographer Weegee and 60 Minutes creator and producer Don Hewitt worked for UP Newspictures predecessor Acme Newsphotos.