Journalist and Author
November 22, 1963 was supposed to be Aynesworth’s day off. Yet within 48 hours, The Dallas Morning News’ science and aerospace reporter would be the only person to witness President John F. Kennedy’s murder, Lee Harvey Oswald’s arrest and then Oswald’s murder. He traced the assassin’s escape route, obtained Oswald’s Russian diary and had the first interviews with Oswald’s wife, Marina, leading veteran newsman Jim Lehrer to say, “It was Hugh’s story from day one.” Aynesworth, an Emmy Award winner and a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, will share his stories about that time with Sixth Floor Museum curator Stephen Fagin. Afterward, Aynesworth will sign copies of his book, November 22, 1963: Witness to History.
Four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, bureau chief of both Newsweek and the Washington Times, investigative team leader for ABC’s 20/20, and author/co-author of 6 books, Hugh Aynesworth was a thirty-two-year-old reporter for the Dallas Morning News when JFK’s visit to Dallas ended in tragedy. His coverage of the assassination, the trial of Jack Ruby, and the conspiracy flurry that followed earned him two Pulitzer nominations and recognition as one of the most respected authorities on the Kennedy assassination. He recently won an Emmy for his documentary in which he interviewed 27 people involved in the Kennedy coverage.