Oral History

Wilborn Hampton

The youngest United Press International (UPI) reporter at the Dallas bureau, Hampton took the call from Merriman Smith in the motorcade with word of the president’s shooting.  Hampton spent time that weekend at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Dallas City Hall, where he attended Oswald’s midnight press conference. Years later, while serving as a longtime editor at The New York Times, Hampton wrote a series of young adult history books, including Kennedy Assassinated! The World Mourns: A Reporter’s Story (1997). Recorded November 23, 2009, and April 12 and April 13, 2013.