News reporter and commentator and novelist 1890
in Aurora, Indiana, Elmer Davis began his news career in high
school-writing for the "Aurora Bulletin". A Rhodes Scholar,
he later met his Florence MacMillian in Britain and then married
her in 1917. Returning to the US in the early teens, he worked
as an editor for "Adventure Magazine" and then later
for the "New York Times".
He began appearing on sporadic radio reports until 1939 when
Roosevelt appointed him head of the OWI (Office of War Information).
This collection represents his brilliantly-delivered and opinionated
five-minute news reports from 1939 through 1941 - reporting and
analyzing news of the day (primarily the Nazi invasion across
For additional news commentary, see also: