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Hugh Aynesworth

Hugh Aynesworth covered the assassination of President John F. Kennedy as a reporter for The Dallas Morning News in 1963. Famous among his fellow investigative reporters for his prowess as an interviewer, he’s been a Pulitzer Prize finalist four times—including once for his Kennedy assassination reporting—and he has won 70 local, regional and national awards. He also covered the Martin Luther King Jr. assassination, as well as the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the Branch Davidian stand-off and fire in Waco in 1993. He started as a sports editor at a small-town daily in Arkansas and eventually became national correspondent for The Washington Times, with dozens of stops in between, including Newsweek bureau chief and investigative team leader for ABC’s 20/20. He is the author or co-author of seven books, including The Only Living Witness and Conversations With a Killer, the story of Ted Bundy, and If You Love Me You Will Do My Will, the story of the biggest will case in Texas history. He is also the co-author of JFK: Breaking the News, a 30-year look at the assassination and its aftermath. He has served as president of the Dallas Press Club and the Press Club Foundation, and as Texas president of Sigma Delta Chi. A native of Clarksburg, W.Va., he lives in Dallas with his wife Paula Aynesworth, who has been with KERA and KERA-TV for more than 25 years.