Douglas Edwards
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1917
Date of Death: 1990
Cause of Death: Cancer
Occupation: Broadcaster, journalist
Professional Affiliations: CBS
Turtledove Appearances:
The War That Came Early
POD: July 20, 1936;
Relevant POD: September 29, 1938
Appearance(s): Last Orders
Type of Appearance: Direct (via radio)
Douglas Edwards (July 14, 1917 – October 13, 1990) was an American reporter. After a few years in radio, Edwards joined CBS in 1942. In 1948, he became the first network news television anchor, anchoring CBS's first nightly news broadcast until 1962.

Douglas Edwards in The War That Came EarlyEdit

In late 1943, Douglas Edwards reported on the USA's successful reconquest of Midway Island, the increasing tension between the U.S. and Germany (including an exchange of fire between a German U-boat and an American destroyer), the USSR's gains on the Eastern Front, the disintegration of the Spanish Nationalists following the death of Marshal Sanjurjo, as well as several events around the U.S.[1]

In spring of 1944, Edwards reported on the progress that the Committee for the Salvation of the German Nation was making in its fight against the Nazi Party supporters. He also discussed the peace negotiations the Committee had undertaken with Britain, France and the Soviet Union. While Germany had agreed to withdraw from the Low Countries, Denmark and Norway along with the areas of the USSR it still occupied, the status of the annexation of Austria, of Czechoslovakia, of the district around Vilno and the fate of the three Baltic states was undecided. After a break for commercials, Edwards announced a US bomber raid on Japanese held Wake Island and a naval battle in the South Pacific.[2]


  1. Last Orders, pgs. 198-200, HC.
  2. Ibid, pgs. 318-319.