Born in 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio, Jack Perkins started his career at NBC News in 1961. He won an Emmy Award in 1972 for his reporting of the Winter Olympics that year. In the '90s, Perkins was best known as the host of the popular documentary series Biography. He published his spiritual memoir, Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island, in 2013.
Leading News Journalist
Born on December 28, 1933, in Cleveland, Ohio, Jack Perkins has enjoyed a remarkable career as a journalist, television host and author. He went to Case Western Reserve University, where he majored in political science. During college, Perkins started working in radio before he graduated in 1956.
In 1961, Perkins landed a job with NBC News. This marked the beginning of a 25-year career with the network as a correspondent, commentator and anchorman. Perkins covered a broad range of stories during this period, including scoring an exclusive on-camera interview with Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert Kennedy. Perkins also received an Emmy Award nomination for his coverage of the 1972 Winter Olympics in Japan. He was seen on NBC Nightly News, The Huntley-Brinkley Report and The Today Show, where he appeared occasionally as host.
In 1986, Perkins left NBC News when he and his wife decided to move from Los Angeles, California, to their rustic home on a small island off of Bar Harbor, Maine.
Popular TV Personality
Perkins is perhaps best known for his work as the anchor of the popular documentary series Biography, which he hosted from 1994 to 1999. He served as host and narrator for many other acclaimed programs owned by the A&E television network (now known as A+E Networks), including A&E Premieres, A&E Revue and Time Machine with Jack Perkins.
During much of the 1990s, Perkins maintained a substantial presence on A+E. He hosted and narrated several A&E Special Presentations, including America's Castles, a two-hour tour of the nation's greatest mansions; Dogs, a comprehensive look at man's best friend; The Face of Tutankhamun, the story of Egypt's boy king; and Cats, a special program about the felines in our lives.
Perkins has shifted much of his professional focus to writing poetry and taking photographs. His books include Acadia: Visions and Verse (1999) and Island Prayers (2006), works that feature both his words and images.
In 2013, Perkins published his spiritual memoir, Finding Moosewood, Finding God: What Happened When a TV Newsman Abandoned His Career for Life on an Island. The book chronicles his and his wife's experiences during the 13 years they lived on Maine's Bar Island in a cabin called "Moosewood."
Now a resident of Florida, Perkins continues to appear on TV as the host of A Gulf Coast Journal with Jack Perkins. This public television program focuses on stories about local people and places, and has received several regional Emmy Awards.
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