Writing Out Loud, 2011

"Jim Hartz and I worked as a very sharing team."--Barbara Walters

Jim Hartz

(1940- )

Five-time Emmy award winner Jim Hartz began his broadcasting career at KOTV in Tulsa before moving on to the major television networks. In the mid-1970s, he became nationally recognized for his role as cohost of the Today show with up-and-coming journalist Barbara Walters. Some of their landmark broadcasts included their coverage of the nation’s bicentennial celebration. Later, Jim coanchored the PBS series Over Easy with veteran actress Mary Martin.

A lifelong fan of fellow journalist Will Rogers, Jim serves as chairman of the board of commissioners for the Will Rogers Memorial.

Related listings: Jim Lehrer and Doris Meyer

Did You Know...

Before he decided on a career in journalism, Jim planned on being a doctor.

Getting Started with Jim Hartz

Selected Works

The Ropin’ Fool—Saga of Will Rogers, Will Rogers Heritage Trust (DVD)

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