Online Collection

Bert Shipp Oral History

Object Number: 1992.009.0012
Category: Oral Histories
Oral history interview subject: Bert Shipp
Oral history interviewer: Wes Wise
Oral history interviewer: Bob Porter
Type of Object: Oral history
Dimensions: 75 Minutes
Copyright Info: The Sixth Floor Museum
Videotaped oral history interview with Bert Shipp. As Assistant News Director and Chief Photographer at WFAA-TV in 1963, Shipp was at the Dallas Trade Mart luncheon and then went to Parkland Memorial Hospital after the assassination. He remained very active in the local coverage that weekend.

Interview conducted at Mr. Shipp's home on November 17, 1992 by Wes Wise with Bob Porter. The interview is one hour and fifteen minutes long.

The video attached to this record is an excerpt. The entire interview is available in our Reading Room to on-site researchers or by submitting a Rights & Reproductions Request Form.
Curator's Notes

Bert Shipp used a 16mm Bell & Howell DR camera to capture footage outside the Dallas Trade Mart and Parkland Memorial Hospital on the day of the assassination.  Shipp donated that camera to The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and it has been on public display since 1996. In this oral history, a photograph of Shipp holding that camera, or an identical model camera, can be seen in the photograph above his right shoulder. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

Of the three network affiliates in Dallas-Fort Worth in 1963, the WFAA news department was the smallest.  Nevertheless, the exclusive news films of investigators searching the inside of the Texas School Book Depository, combing the scene where Officer J.D. Tippit was killed, and the arrest of suspect Lee Harvey Oswald at the Texas Theatre were all made by WFAA photographers reporting directly to Bert Shipp.  One of his sons, Brett Shipp, has been an investigative reporter at WFAA since 1995.  - Gary Mack, Curator

Mr. Shipp passed away on April 20, 2015. - Stephen Fagin, Curator

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