Journalist father and son Bert Shipp and Brett Shipp will talk about the history of the television news in Dallas, as well as the highlights of their careers. Bert Shipp is a legend in Dallas television with a 40 year career as a reporter/news director and assignments editor at WFAA.
As broadcast news came of age in the turbulent decades of the 1950s and ’60s, Bert Shipp was on the front lines. While television changed the way Texas and the world witnessed history, Bert Shipp’s coverage reported stories of both national and local importance. His stories include a wide range of subjects including the Kennedy assassination, a mission to Laos to help recover a secret list of prisoners of war, and the Beatles visit to Dallas.
Brett Shipp has worked as an investigative reporter at WFAA-TV since 1995. Brett has received three duPonts and three Peabodys since 2003 in recognition for stories such as the alleged inhumane treatment of women and children immigrants at a federal prison in Texas and the fake drug scandal at the Dallas Police Department. His most notable work of late is a year-long inquiry into faulty natural gas couplings, linked to fatal explosions and serious injuries dating back to the 1980’s. Brett’s investigation has led to a state order for removal of the fittings and the adoption of new natural gas safety standards statewide.
Free public event, hosted by Lochwood Branch Library Friends.