A reporter who witnessed two tragic assignations in this nation–two assassinations that changed the direction and tone of the nation–has died at the age of 93.
ABC NEWS – “Race to the White House” – Robert F. Kennedy sits with ABC News correspondent, Robert Clark during the 1968 Indiana Primary
(ABC Photo Archives)
Bob Clark, a former correspondent for ABC News covered the assassinations of both President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. Clark was riding in a press car in President Kennedy’s Dalas motorcade in 1963. In 1968 Clark was also a witness to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy. He is believed to be the only journalist to have been present in both Dallas and Los Angeles.
After President Kennedy was shot, Clark followed his car to Parkland Memorial Hospital. “The president was lying in the back seat of the limousine, his head cradled in the first lady’s lap,” Clark reported in his first phone dispatch to ABC News. “At this stage there was no official word as to whether Mr. Kennedy was still alive. But he lay motionless on the back seat of the car for some two minutes while a stretcher was wheeled out from the hospital.” His colleague Bill Lord said in a 2013 interview with the Portland Press Herald: “Bob looked at the carnage in the back seat of the limousine and realized no one could survive that type of wound. It was horrific.”
Clark was a Washington and White House correspondent for ABC News during the 1960s and his work continued into the 1970’s as he covering campaigns, conventions and elections. Some of my readers might also know him from the years he was host of that network’s Sunday morning public-affairs program Issues And Answers.