David Brinkley

David Brinkley

David Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003) was an American television reporter and anchorman on several long-running news programs. Additionally, he was a prolific author.

He was renowned for his co-hosting of NBC Nightly News with Chet Huntley, an influential program and major success for the network.

Early Life and Education

David Brinkley was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and began his writing career for newspapers. During World War II he served in the United States Army and later worked for United Press International.

He then relocated to Washington, D.C., to cover the White House. His reporting proved so successful that NBC News offered him a job hosting their evening news program The Huntley-Brinkley Report.

He hosted the news broadcast for over a decade and then This Week with David Brinkley, an influential Sunday morning program that revolutionized American television news delivery. Additionally, he wrote several books such as Washington Goes to War and Washington Goes to College. Throughout his career, he earned numerous accolades. His unique on-air style was marked by a distinct Midwestern accent.

Personal Life

Brankle earned the moniker “Interstate Bank Mart Bandit.” He struck his targets with ease and speed, taking cash from banks within minutes and fleeing within minutes.

Police had suspected him of being responsible for dozens of robberies across Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee. On Wednesday he was arrested in Vincennes.

Brankle began robbing banks as a means to support his son and wife. But soon enough he realized the crime was taking its toll on his family, leading him to plead guilty and receive 21 years in prison. Though he regrets his crime, it was the only option left for him in order to get out of debt.

Net Worth

David Brankle’s net worth is estimated to be $30 million. He made a name for himself as an infamous bank robber who gained notoriety by targeting banks inside grocery stores – earning him the moniker “Interstate Bank Mart Bandit.” Brankle began robbing banks in 2002 when his family needed money and needed to support themselves; at first he was clumsy, taking money out of employees at stores then fleeing but soon improved his skills; robbing more than 40 banks within 20 months in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Missouri and Tennessee alone.

Police in Vincennes arrested him in May. They believe he is responsible for 39 robberies at grocery store bank branches throughout Indiana and Illinois as well as other crimes. Additionally, he served as a supergrass, meaning that he provided evidence against his associates and helped identify others involved in robbery activities.

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