(Carl) Robert Zelnick 79, exec editor, Frost/Nixon interviews; b'cast journalist (ABC, NPR, CSMonitor)
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That Derek
2019-09-27 19:54:49 UTC


Carl Robert "Bob" Zelnick

Obituary of Carl Robert "Bob" Zelnick

Carl Robert “Bob” Zelnick of Newton on Monday, September 23, 2019 at age 79. For 52 years, the beloved husband of Pamela (Sharp). Devoted father of Eva Zelnick & her husband Daniel Connelly, Dara Kesselheim & her husband Dr. Jared Kesselheim, and Marni Zelnick. Loving “Pop Pop” to his adoring grandchildren, David, Nathan, Adam, Zachary, Eli, Alex and Vivian.

Services at Temple Beth Avodah, 45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton on Wednesday, September 25 at 10:00am with interment to follow at Or Emet Cemetery, 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury.

Following the interment, memorial observance at Dara & Jared’s home through 4pm, continuing 6-8pm, Thursday 1-4pm and 6-8pm, and Friday 1-4pm.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family are asked to consider a donation in Bob’s memory to the Boston University College of Communications Scholarship Fund, c/o BU Development & Alumni Relations, 595 Commonwealth Ave, Ste. 700, Boston, MA 02215 (https://preview.tinyurl.com/yynjyrp5).


Robert Zelnick

Robert Zelnick
Born: Carl Robert Zelnick

August 9, 1940 (age 79)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality: American
Occupation: Journalist, Author, Professor

Known for: Executive editor, Frost–Nixon interviews

Carl Robert Zelnick (August 9, 1940 - September 23, 2019) was an American journalist, author and professor of journalism at the Boston University College of Communication, and winner of two Emmy Awards and two Gavel Awards.


Early in his career, Zelnick worked for The Christian Science Monitor, National Public Radio, and the Anchorage Daily News, and was executive editor of the Frost–Nixon interviews. (In the 2008 film Frost/Nixon, Zelnick is portrayed by Oliver Platt.)

He was a correspondent for ABC News for more than 20 years. His assignments included national political and congressional affairs (1994–98), the Pentagon (1986–1994), Israel (1984–86) and Moscow (1982–84).

In 1998, he began teaching at Boston University, where he chaired the journalism department from 2002 to 2006.

He was a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.


Zelnick was convicted in 2013[5] of misdemeanor negligent motor vehicle homicide and the civil infraction of failure to yield for an incident in October 2011, when he struck and killed a motorcyclist in Plymouth, Mass.[6]


- The Illusion of Net Neutrality: Political Alarmism, Regulatory Creep, and the Real End to Internet Freedom (2013), coauthored with his daughter, Eva Zelnick
- Israel's Unilateralism: Beyond Gaza (2006)
- Swing Dance: Justice O'Connor and the Michigan Muddle (2004)
- Winning Florida: How the Bush Team Fought the Battle (2001)
- Gore: A Political Life (2000)
- Backfire: A Reporter's Look at Affirmative Action (1996)
Michael OConnor
2019-09-27 20:17:10 UTC
Zelnick was portrayed by Oliver Platt in Ron Howard's "Frost/Nixon' movie.