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.
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