Former NBC News correspondent and UM grad Don Oliver remembered as a 'hard-nosed' reporter

Jun 3, 2013

Former NBC News correspondent Don Oliver
Credit University of Montana

    Longtime NBC News correspondent and University of Montana alumnus Don Oliver died last week at the age of 76. Oliver was a Billings native who worked for NBC nearly thirty years, covering everything from wars to presidential campaigns. He received a Distinguished Alumnus award from UM in 1985, and taught a semester there after he retired from NBC in the 1990's.

"Nobody was more aggressive and hard-nosed and after the story than he was."

In this feature interview, News Director Sally Mauk talks about Oliver's career - and love of UM - with retired journalism professor and Oliver family friend, Carol Van Valkenburg. She says Oliver graduated from UM in 1958, when radio/television was a fledgling program in the journalism school...