Dennis Cunningham



For more than 20 years – 1978 to 2001 – Dennis was The Arts Editor of the CBS flagship station – WCBS-TV, New York. He was the film reviewer, the theatre reviewer, and the features correspondent, covering stories and conducting interviews on all manner of the arts. That meant film and theatre, of course, but also Art , Sculpture, Dance, Music of all manner, Cabaret, Celebrations, Protests and Installations; plus animators, performance artists, fatuous show biz egomaniacs, enormously talented performers , inspired and inspiring directors and producers, visionary creators, poets both sober and dissolute, and nearly inarticulate geniuses.

Mind you, all of this work was re-packaged, re-taped, and sent willy-nilly coast to coast to all CBS affiliates via a division of CBS News known as NewsPath. Few knew what happened to it all after it left New York’s CBS Broadcast Center

For some years, Dennis also did his reviews, interviews and features on “CBS This Morning” with Maria Shriver, Charlie
Rose, and Forrest Sawyer. TV historians are reminded that that edition of “CBS This Morning” was cancelled and replaced by a CBS entertainment morning show starring
Mariette Hartley and Bob Saget which was cancelled
and replaced by something which was cancelled and
replaced etc. Oddly enough the current CBS morning show is, more than ever, a news show – and Charlie Rose is back.

Dennis is a graduate of LaSalle University (Philadelphia, PA, BA English), Villanova University (Villanova, PA, MA Theatre),
and Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA., PhD Theatre).
In the early 80’s Dennis was the Andrew Carnegie Visiting
Professor at CMU, teaching MA Playwriting candidates.

Currently he lives on the coast of Southwest Florida where he is very close to sand, dolphins, pelicans, manatees and mangrove forests and his accessibility to film and the arts is far less than it was when he lived on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

Of course, the nature that surrounds me – I mean “him” – is an irresistible feast, and one actually can see forever, because virtually every day is a clear day. Fortunately, my –
I mean “his” – interest in the world of film and the arts remains avid and complete. Also fortunately, modern electronics provide nearly everything “I” needs. Nothing will replace the audience-filled darkened theatre experience, of course – and that is deeply regrettable. But continued access to the work is well worth celebrating . And he and I will be celebrating, for sure.

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