Edmund S. Muskie Oral History Collection


Don Nicoll

Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date


Interview Number

MOH 260


Frank Mankiewicz was born in New York City on May 16, 1924 of Polish-American parents. He attended Columbia School of Journalism. He then worked in Washington, D.C. and in Los Angeles, California as a journalist and later attended law school. Mankiewicz served as the Latin America Regional Peace Corps Director in Washington, D.C. He was Senator Robert Kennedy’s Press Secretary from 1965 to 1968. He covered the McGovern campaign and wrote four books from 1972 to 1976. He became president of National Public Radio in 1977.

Scope and Content Note

Interview includes discussions of: Polish heritage; Robert Kennedy’s senate years; 1968 vice presidential campaign; 1969-1972 presidential campaign; 1980-1981 Secretary of State; Senate legislative work; environmental protection; housing; urban planning and development; Maine issues; Model Cities; later career; public service; giants of the Senate in the 1960s and 1970s; Muskie’s environmental leadership; and working with Frank Coffin.

Use Restrictions

Copyright Bates College. This transcript is provided for individual Research Purposes Only; for all other uses, including publication, reproduction and quotation beyond fair use, permission must be obtained in writing from: The Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, Bates College, 70 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, Maine 04240-6018.