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Leo Katcher (October 14, 1911 – February 27, 1991) was an American reporter, screenwriter, and author. As West Coast Correspondent of the New York Post in 1952, he helped to break the story about Nixon’s election expenses, which provoked Nixon into making his televised defence, still remembered as the Checkers Speech. In 1956, Katcher was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Story for The Eddy Duchin Story.
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Katcher was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1911; he had two younger sisters and two younger brothers. He received his first newspaper job from the Bayonne Evening News at the age of ten; he was hired as an office boy in exchange for his promise to stop hitting handballs off the side of the paper's offices. After being educated at Pennsylvania and NYU, and working for the Philadelphia Ledger and Philadelphia Record, he went to work for the Post, rising to the position of city editor. While working for the Post, he obtained an exclusive jailhouse interview with Bruno Hauptmann, who was executed for the kidnapping and murder of the Lindbergh baby.
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