Alum writes book on the news industry

Posted October 31, 2011

Bert Shipp, former assignments editor for WFAA-TV Channel 8 in Dallas, is the author of a new book, Details at 10: Behind the Headlines of Texas Television History. Shipp attended Abilene Christian University before starting his journalism career at the Abilene Reporter-News.

As broadcast news came of age in the turbulent decades of the 1950s and '60s, Shipp helped bring important news to Texans. He covered numerous stories of both local and national importance, including the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the Vietnam War.

After several years covering (among other assignments) the desegregation of schools in Dallas, Shipp moved from newspaper work to television news as a reporter and photographer, first at WBAP-TV Channel 5 in Fort Worth, then at WFAA-TV Channel 8 in Dallas. He worked at Channel 8 for more than 40 years, serving as news director from 1964-74 and later as assignments editor, the position from which he retired in 1999.

Shipp has received numerous awards from the Associated Press and United Press International, as well as several Katie Awards from the Press Club of Dallas. He is the only Press Club member to ever receive awards in the same year in different fields. In 1993, he was awarded a Katie in the human interest category and a second Katie for his writing for "The Homesick Texan," a newspaper for expatriate Texans.