Began career as a journalist while still in high school, contributing to THE WILMINGTON MORNING STAR; hired as a reporter after graduation
Served as a volunteer in the US Army; discharged after being misdiagnosed with a kidney disease
Worked for United Press, first in Atlanta and then Nashville
While in Nashville, worked with speech coach Virginia Mansell
Moved to Washington, DC; believed he had been hired by CBS Radio; arrived to find no job; found immediate employemnt with NBC
Appointed White House reporter for NBC
Named as co-anchor (with Chet Huntley) of NBC Nightly News; later called "The Huntley-Brinkley Report"
Reporter on "The Camel News Caravan" (NBC), a nightly 15-minute broadcast hosted by John Cameron Swayze
First teamed with Chet Huntley to cover the Democratic and Republican National Conventions
In October, Huntley and Brinkley named to replace Swayze; broadcast now called "NBC News"; first netweork newscast with two anchors
Broadacst name changed to "The Huntley-Brinkley Report"
Hosted "David Brinkley's Journal", an NBC documentary series
Chet Huntley retired; Brinkley served as part-time anchor and commentator on "NBC Nightly News"
With John Chancellor, was co-anchor and commentator on "NBC Nightly News"
Hosted weekly series "NBC Magazine with David Brinkley"
Resigned from NBC on September 4; two weeks later, signed with ABC
Began hosting Sunday morning panel discussion "This Week with David Brinkley"
Interviewed outgoing President Reagan on "Ronald Reagan and David Brinkley: A Final Interview"
Wrote and co-anchored ABC documentary "Pearl Harbor: Two Hours that Changed the World"
Anchored and narrated "A Christmas to Remember: The Battle of the Bulge" (ABC)
Announced plans to cut back on his workload effective November 10; Brinkley would no longer host "This Week" but would continue to provide commentary
Officially announced his retirement on September 28
Became commercial spokesperson for Archer Daniels Midland (ADM); his decision to accept position sparked controversy and negative comments from former colleagues as ADM had been fined for price-fixing in 1996