Kevin writes: "In the interests of time and space I
will include a bio used in my media workshops and then add a few
thoughts. Please excuse the puffery of the bio -- though some
of it is even true!
"KEVIN DELANY is a veteran of a print and broadcast news
career that has ranged from
Washington to the far reaches of Asia. He has spent more than
20 of those years as a correspondent,
producer and news executive for ABC News and CBS News. He also
served as a speech writer for top State Department officials.
In the past 15 years, Mr. Delany has done media and speech training,
as well as crisis management, for many major corporations and
government agencies. President of Delany Communications, his clients
have ranged from CEOs to politicians and diplomats, from NASA
astronauts to racing car drivers.
Mr. Delany started in journalism as a copy boy
for the New York Daily News while attending Columbia's Graduate
School of Journalism. After graduation and a Navy stint in the Pacific,
he became a reporter and later a television columnist for the New
York World-Telegram and Sun.
Two years later, he joined CBS News to serve as
a reporter-assignment editor and as CBS News Correspondent in Hong
During the Kennedy Administration, he took a leave of absence to
work for the Peace Corps, eventually becoming Director of its East
Asia and Pacific Region, and Director in Thailand.
Mr. Delany worked at both the State Department
and on Capitol Hill before joining ABC News in 1971 as bureau chief
in Saigon. He ran the Vietnam bureau for the next 18 months during
the heaviest period of fighting in the war. In 1973, he was made
Director of News for ABC's Washington bureau, but returned to Saigon
in March, 1975 to head ABC's news coverage during the fall of Vietnam.
Mr. Delany was evacuated on the final day of collapse.
He directed the day to day coverage of the Washington
bureau throughout the Watergate period, including the impeachment
hearings and Nixon's resignation. In the 1980s he became ABC's Director
of News for Asia. He was based in both Hong Kong and Tokyo, and
was responsible for a region extending from India to Australia.
He was also a prime mover in forging agreements linking ABC with
NHK in Japan and KBS in Korea, the two largest networks in Asia.
Mr. Delany is a graduate of Williams College, and
has an M.A. in Journalism from Columbia University, as well as an
M.A. in Political Science from Columbia, earned while on a CBS News
Fellowship. He is married to Joan E. Kennan. (daughter of diplomat
Recently Kevin revisited Thailand and Vietnam and
published this account of the fall of Saigon and his evacuation
from the city as it fell into Communist hands in April 1975. The
article is in the September edition of the Williams Alumni Review
here to download article
Kevin writes: "I finally stopped doing
my workshops around the country last fall after developing some
back pains that made it difficult to be on one's feet for eight
hours in an intensive workshop. Now I am doing more writing and
tackling a few other long-delayed projects.
Joan and I also have had a fair amount of political
involvement in the last few years. It started with anti-war rallies
and led to early support for Howard Dean 's campaign. We were door
knocking in Des Moines in its final throes (a popular phrase these
days). After that we switched our support to John Kerry and were
in Akron through election night and the crushing returns. We worked
to get Dean elected as DNC chairman and still keep a hand in through
local political organizations.
I am very sorry that I won't be able to make
the Santa Barbara reunion and have a chance to see so many of you
again. I sure hope there are future opportunities. I will say that
the Peace Corps and Vietnam have been two very formative experiences
in my life. Both have had lasting impact in terms of dealing with
people and looking at the world. I trust you know what I mean when
I say you can often guess that someone has Peace Corps background
before it is confirmed.
Probably the most satisfying thing about Vietnam
for me was that in the ten days before the fall of Saigon, we were
able to get 15 Vietnamese staff members and their families -- a
total of 101 people -- out of the country to Guam before the country
fell. ABC got jobs in the U.S. for all the staff members and the
bulk of them have done quite well.
By the way, those back pains are under control,
thanks to an exercise regimen, biking, yoga and the health club..
I regret that I had to give up running after about 50 years of it,
as the pounding over the years wore out the cartilage in one ankle.
It may have been hastened by my first marathon at 65 and my second
at 70. But it was fun so no regrets."