David Brinkley

Birth Name:
David McClure Brinkley
Birth Date:
July 10, 1920
Birth Place:
Wilmington, North Carolina
Death Date:
June 11, 2003
Place of Death:
Houston, Texas
Cause of Death:
Complications from a fall
Cemetery Name:
Oakdale Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
David Brinkley was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting over 50 years. After a medical discharge from the Army, Brinkley worked for United Press International in several of its Southern bureaus. In 1943, he moved to Washington, D.C., looking for a radio job at CBS News. Instead, Brinkley took a job at NBC News, became its White House correspondent, and in time began appearing on television. His dry wit, charm and suffer-no-fools attitude did not go unnoticed. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly news program, The Huntley–Brinkley Report, with Chet Huntley and thereafter appeared as co-anchor or commentator on its successor, NBC Nightly News, through the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, Brinkley was host of the popular Sunday This Week with David Brinkley program and a top commentator on election-night coverage for ABC News. Over the course of his career, Brinkley received ten Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Oakdale Cemetery

520 N 15th Street

Wilmington, North Carolina, 28401


North America


Map of Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina
Map of Oakdale Cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina

Grave Location:

Section R, Lot 6, Grave Space 6

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery from North 15th Street, turn left and then make a quick right onto Jones Avenue. Drive straight past 3 roads on you right and turn right on the 4th intersection. Drive straight ahead 200 feet, turn left and park on the right. Looking to your right you will see the upright Brinkley monument indicating the final resting place of the iconic newscaster.

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