Veteran news anchor David Brinkley has died at his home in Houston, Texas. He was 82-years-old.

Mr. Brinkley's career spanned more than 50 years and he covered every American president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He was considered by many to be the premier broadcast journalist of his time.

David Brinkley won a host of journalism awards, including 10 Emmy Awards. In 1992, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

He got his start as a newspaper reporter while in high school in his native Wilmington, North Carolina. After his discharge from the service in the Second World War he got his first network job at NBC.

Mr. Brinkley's big break came when he teamed up with Chet Huntley to cover the 1956 presidential nominating conventions. The pairing was so successful that NBC made the two men anchors of the evening news. Their sign-off "Good night, Chet - good night, David" was one of the most famous in broadcast news history.

He later hosted ABC news' Sunday morning show This Week With David Brinkley until 1996 and continued to do commentaries in recent years.