About Carol Joynt
Carol Ross Joynt was born in Denver, CO., and as a military and academic brat was raised in Europe and on the East Coast. She began her career in national news the same January week in 1969 when Richard Nixon was inaugurated President for the first time. That's when she joined the staff of the Washington bureau of United Press International, taking dictation from Helen Thomas and Merriman Smith when she wasn't packing a gas mask and note pad to cover violent anti-war protests in the streets. She also covered political stories and the Apollo space program. After a few years in Washington, she was hired by TIME Magazine and moved to New York to write about politics and features.
In 1972 Walter Cronkite asked Joynt to be one of his three writers on the CBS Evening News, where she sat by his side for four years as Cronkite informed viewers about the death of LBJ, the Watergate scandal, the resignation of Richard Nixon, the kidnap of Patricia Hearst, and the end of the Vietnam war. She and her colleagues were three times awarded the Writer's Guild Award for best news script. The CBS Evening News was commended on many fronts for its outstanding coverage of Watergate and Vietnam.After a year-off to crew on a racing boat in the West Indies, in 1976 Joynt returned to Washington and network news and a succession of positions, which included producing roles at NBC News, CBS News Nightwatch, USA Today the TV Show, This Week with David Brinkley, Nightline, Larry King Live, John Hockenberry, and Hardball with Chris Matthews. For these broadcasts she focused on subjects ranging from global politics and the world's leaders to the latest successes or scandals involving the talented, the royal or the merely celebrated. In 1987 Joynt and Charlie Rose won the national news Emmy Award for "Best Interview" for an hour CBS News special with Charles Manson at San Quentin Prison.
Joynt also directed documentary films and oversaw several other film projects for the National Gallery of Art, including a retrospective of the NGA's 50th Anniversary, and a tribute to the Kress family and their contribution to the Gallery's collections. In 1994 she made a film for the American Academy in Rome, celebrating its 100th anniversary.
In 1997, when she was a producer for Larry King Live, her husband of twenty years, J. Howard Joynt III, died suddenly from pneumonia. Joynt inherited his restaurant, Nathans, the home of the Q&A Cafe, which she owns and operates to this day. When not at Nathans, Joynt focuses on her priorities, family; raising her son, Spencer, their dog, Leo, Ozzy, the bird; writing and survival. Her memoir, Innocent Spouse, is available for reading here online.
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