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Fifty Years Later, Former Reporter Remembers the Kennedys
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur) -- The 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination is a day many still remember. Especially Sander Vanocur, an Ohio-born White House correspondent.
Television journalism had brought the two together: a young President and an even younger White House correspondent.
"It was the beginning of television," Sander Vanocur said. "He was photogenic, as was his wife, and that mattered a lot."
Vanocur covered Kennedy as a senator, then as President. He was at the first presidential debate, during the Cuban missile crisis, and then at Kennedy's funeral.
"I think anybody who covered Kennedy, especially if you we're on television, would have immediately been associated with Jack and Jackie Kennedy," Vanocur said.
John was not the only Kennedy whom Vanocur interviewed. He also scored an exclusive sit-down with the first lady just after the Kennedys moved into the White House.
"People still come up to me on the street saying, 'I remember when I watched you and Jackie Kennedy and their children on television,'" Vanocur told ABC 6.
Fifty years later, the retired reporter still remembers his time with the Kennedys and what brought the three of them together.
"They were a wonderful couple to cover," he said. "It was a good story, not just because they were photogenic, but because he was the first television-suitable President," Vanocur said.
Vanocur left the White House beat not long after Kennedy's assassination.
He said he didn't want to stay at the White House and that it was time to move on.