Past host of the ABC News "20/20" newsmagazine, radio commentator for "Perspectives"


Hugh Downs - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Hugh Malcolm Downs (born 14 February 1921) is a long-time American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He is perhaps best known for his role as co-host of the NBC News program Today from 1962 to 1971, host of the Concentration game show from 1958 to 1969, and anchor of the ABC News magazine 20/20 from 1978 to 1999. In addition, he's served as announcer/sidekick for Tonight Starring Jack Paar, host of the PBS talk show Over Easy, and co-host of the syndicated talk show Not for Women Only. ..."

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14 Feb 1921, Hugh Malcolm Downs, in Akron, Ohio

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Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: Hugh Downs - Friend of Liberty
Biography, photo and quotes
"In 1997 and 1998, Downs raised some eyebrows when he praised libertarians and libertarianism on the radio and on television. ... Downs has also expressed libertarian sentiments on a number of specific issues (although he does not describe himself as a libertarian). ... In October 2005, Downs was a guest speaker at the Advocates for Self-Government's 20th Anniversary celebration."


An Interview With Hugh Downs, by Hugh Downs, Bill Winter, 15 Oct 2005
Topics range from libertarianism and the role of government to marijuana decriminalization and the Iraq invasion
"... the sovereignty of the individual is extremely important. And I grieve for the type of person who may be so baffled or battered that he wants to surrender his sovereignty to some guru or some government. ... people don't understand liberty if they've had two or three generations of not having it. ... The fact that an almost rogue administration can make the inroads in our liberty like this one has done, with things like the Patriot Act. That's extremely alarming to me."
Related Topic: War on Drugs