Don Mozley, BJ ’42

Don Mozley, BJ ’42, died Oct. 27. He was a broadcast marvel who was the youngest CBS News correspondent when he was hired at age 21 during World War II. He continued working with special reports on the CBS San Francisco website until the time of his death. During his career Mozley and some colleagues in San Francisco intercepted a Japanese domestic radio broadcast that said Japan had agreed to surrender. The word was flashed to New York, and CBS broadcast the first word of the end of World War II. After the war, Mozley spent 10 years as a network correspondent in New York, San Francisco and the Pacific. He was so highly regarded that he was chosen from all the radio correspondents to be the only broadcaster covering the Bikini atomic test live. Later, Mozley covered the presidential campaigns of Robert Taft, Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon. He received many awards, among them a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists and membership in the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame given by Broadcast Legends, a California organization of well-known radio and television veterans.

Updated: November 1, 2011