Nick ClooneyNarrator for Lincoln Portrait and Special Guest
If you ask Nick Clooney what he does for a living, he will tell you he is a reporter. That is true, but hardly exhaustive. His career in broadcasting began when he was 17 at his home town station in Maysville. As a television newsman, Nick has been reporter, anchor, managing editor and news director in Lexington, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Buffalo, and Los Angeles. Nick is also a columnist, contributing three columns a week to the Cincinnati and Kentucky Posts dealing with subject as varied as politics, travel, music and American history. He’s an author of three books including The Movies That Changed Us (2002). Nick’s television and radio career encompasses hosting talk shows in Cincinnati and Columbus, music programs on radio, and the role of daily on-air spokesman and writer for American Movie Classic cable channel. Now he is writer, producer, and host for American Life cable channel. His “Moments that Changed Us” program explores the intersection of a person and an important moment in our history. Guests have included John Glenn, Walter Cronkite, Diahann Carroll and Steve Wozniak. In addition to his continuing broadcasting career, Nick has been speaker, masters of ceremonies or panelist of more than 3,000 events coast-to-coast.
In April, 2006, Nick and his son George went to the Sudan and Chad to report on the genocide in Darfur region. Both have since been avid spokesmen for a peaceful solution to this crisis. Their documentary, “Journey to Darfur,” has been shown internationally.
Among Nick Clooney’s many awards and honors are an Emmy for commentary and three Emmy nominations for his work on American Movie Classics. He received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Northern Kentucky University and the President’s Medal from Thomas More College. In May, 2007, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Kentucky and was commencement speaker, a task he has taken to 31 other schools over the years. Nick has been inducted into the Cincinnati Journalism, Kentucky Journalism, and the Ohio Television Halls of Fame.
In August, 2008, Nick was appointed to the faculty of the American University’s School of Communication and is Distinguished Journalist in Residence in partnership with the Newseum, the interactive museum of news in Washington, D.C.
Nick and his wife, Nina Warren, also a writer, inventor and TV host have lived since the early 1970s in Augusta, Kentucky, where their children, Ocsar-winner George and writer Ada graduated from high school. Eventually, other members of the family found their way to Augusta, including Nick’s famous sister, Rosemary Clooney.