About the Film

Frank Kearns: American Correspondent is a one-hour documentary film that introduces the life and work of the go-to guy for dangerous stories at CBS News in the 1950s to the 1970s. Dan Rather called Kearns “a legend around here.”

This co-production by Greenbriar Group Films and West Virginia Public Broadcasting includes never-seen footage of Frank Kearns in Cairo, Egypt with CBS News President Sig Mickelson and interviews with family members, friends, colleagues and competitors whose lives intertwined with Kearns’ during that time.

The real focus of the film is correspondent’s relationship with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency while working in the Middle East and Africa for CBS News. It’s a subject that first came to light during the Church Committee hearings in the U.S. Senate in 1976. Kearns denied ever having a relationship with the Agency. But for the filmmakers, it was the proverbial “elephant in the room.” It caused some of Kearns’ colleagues to decline to be interviewed. For those who did sit with the filmmakers, it was an opportunity to share what they knew and to speculate on the CBS-CIA conundrum. It’s a story that has never been told…until now.

What's New

  • The premier of Frank Kearns: American Correspondent happened in prime time on West Virginia Public Television on October 15, 2012 and repeated on October 26, 2012
  • The first festival screening took place at the St. Augustine Film Festival on January 19, 2013
  • Distribution to over 200 public television station in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands by the NETA Program Service (National Educational Television Association) takes place on March 8, 2013.