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Basil Hero

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Basil Hero
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BornApril 9, 1955 (Age 64 years)
New York City, New York, U.S.
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
🏫 EducationTufts University
💼 Occupation
Journalist, Author
🌐 Websitehttp://www.basilhero.com

Basil Hero (born April 9, 1955) is an American author and an award winning former investigative reporter for NBC and CBS News television stations.[1][2][3]After a long career as a media entrepreneur, he wrote The Mission Of A Lifetime: Lessons From The Men Who Went To The Moon, which chronicles the life lessons humanity can learn from the lunar voyages of the Apollo astronauts.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]Hero and the book have been featured on MSNBC-TV, Fox News, CBS Sunday Morning News, and various newspapers around the world, as part of the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing.[12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

Early life and education[edit]

Hero was born in New York City, the son of Dr. Byron A. Hero, a WWII veteran, who was awarded the Bronze Star while serving in General George S. Patton’s Third Army in Europe.[23] His mother, Angela Constantinides Hero, was a professor of Byzantine History at the City University of New York, and the author of four books on monasticism.[24][25] Hero was educated at Choate Rosemary Hall, an independent preparatory school in Wallingford, CT, where he graduated with honors in history.[26] He earned his bachelor's degree from Tufts University in political science.



Hero started his journalism career in 1980 at KNOE-TV,[27] the CBS affiliate in Monroe, LA where he served as a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor. In 1981 Hero moved to WMC-TV,[28][29] the NBC station in Memphis where his investigative work focused on financial corruption. While at the station, Hero created the Good News Video Magazine which he licensed to WMC-TV, WWL-TV in New Orleans, WSMV-TV in Nashville and WNBC-TV in New York.[30] The free, ten-minute video magazine, distributed through Blockbuster Entertainment, offered viewers consumer advice on such varied topics as financial investments and health care. Hero subsequently rebranded the program as Hot Pix and licensed it to the CBS-Television Network, which promoted its fall television programs in Blockbuster video stores across the country.[31] Comedian David Letterman served as the first host of Hot Pix, which also promoted Hollywood’s first-run theatrical films and music videos from leading musicians.[32]

Media Entrepreneur[edit]

After selling the company in 1996, Hero founded the Broadway Theatre Archive (later known as Broadway Digital Entertainment, BDE)[33][34] acquiring the rights to what the New York Times called "television's crown Jewels" — 300 primetime television specials from the vaults of PBS, NBC, CBS and ABC, that included such masterworks as The Iceman Cometh starring Jason Robards (and Robert Redford in one of his first television appearances).[35][36] The stage adaptations were distributed on DVD and re-broadcast on PBS and television networks around the world. After digitally preserving the broadcast masters, Hero donated the entire library of restored television classics to the Museum Of Television & Radio (now known as The Paley Center For Media).[37] Upon selling BDE in 2006, Hero began devoting himself to nonprofit causes. He joined the Asia Society as Vice President of Marketing & Communications, helping the society in its mission to promote mutual understanding among people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context.[38]

In 2015, Hero became the executive director of Positive Directions, The Center For Prevention & Counseling, a nonprofit mental health agency dedicated to preventing substance abuse amongst students in middle schools and high schools in Connecticut's Fairfield County.[39][40][41] Hero now devotes himself full-time to writing non-fiction books.


Hero is passionate about the arts and helping young people realize their academic potential. He serves on the board of DreamLine.org, which helps students achieve their life goals through personalized statements illustrated on 9x12-inch Dream Flags distributed nationwide;[42] and serves on the board of advisors to The Clarion Music Society, whose performances using period instruments has been called “legendary” by The New Yorker.[43]

Personal Life[edit]

Hero has two daughters, Alexandra and Ariane. He now lives in New York with his wife Dr. Marianne Sommerville, an Obstetrician-Gynecologist specializing in maternal safety programs for the labor and delivery units of major hospitals in New York.[44] Hero is a survivor of the September 11 attacks on New York City that destroyed the offices of Broadway Digital, which contained 35,000 historic still photographs capturing some of the great moments on the American stage.[45][46] The New York Times coverage of the photo archive's destruction led theater photographers from around the country, who read the story, to make copies of their original negatives to restore most of the lost photographs.


  1. The Mission of a Lifetime. 2018-08-21. Retrieved January 5, 2020. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Birch, Joe (April 26, 2019). "Former reporter releases book to commemorate 50th anniversary of moon landing". WMC. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  3. Arender, Tammi (April 9, 2019). ""The Mission of a Lifetime" written by former KNOE reporter, Basil Hero". KNOE. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  4. "Nonfiction Book Review: The Mission of a Lifetime". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  5. Hill, Andrew (April 14, 2019). "Earth-bound tips for leaders who shoot for the moon". The Financial Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  6. Rather, Dan (July 22, 2019). "Basil Hero Interview with Dan Rather - The Mission of a Lifetime". Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  7. Cohen, Andrew (May 14, 2014). "Cohen: Fifty years after the Moon landing, so many lessons for us on Earth". Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  8. "Reading Apollo 11: The Best New Books About the US Moon Landings". June 11, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  9. Shribman, David (July 11, 2019). "Column One: 50 years after Apollo 11, the moon's allure still resonates". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  10. "Wisconsin Public Radio Profile: Basil Hero". 2019-03-22. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  11. Krupp, Lexi (April 7, 2019). "Last Trip to the Moon Holds Timely Lessons for Earth". WCAI. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  12. "Basil Hero MSNBC Interview - 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing". MSNBC. July 22, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  13. "Basil Hero Interview with Neil Cavuto - The Mission of a Lifetime". FOX News. July 22, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  14. "A very heartfelt interview with Neil Cavuto - 50th anniversary of the moon landing". FOX News. July 29, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  15. "CBS Sunday Morning - Apollo Seamstresses and Basil Hero". CBS Sunday Morning. August 1, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  16. Hero, Basil (March 27, 2019). "Fifty Years After Apollo 11, the Moon Is More Important Than Ever". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  17. "The seamstresses who helped put a man on the moon". CBS Sunday Morning. July 14, 2019. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  18. Hero, Basil (July 14, 2019). "What got us to the moon? The pursuit of the common good". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  19. Hero, Basil (July 19, 2019). "Hero: What does it mean for an astronaut to have 'the right stuff'?". The Ottawa Citizen. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  20. Hero, Basil (July 5, 2019). "The Right Stuff, 50 years later". Newsday. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  21. Riddle, Malcolm (January 5, 2020). "NASA's Apollo Has Been The Force Behind Tech Revolution In Silicon Valley". Market News Report. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  22. Hero, Basil (December 28, 2018). "From space, our home planet shows no divisions". The Seattle Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  23. "Byron Hero Obituary". New York Times. January 3, 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  24. "Angela Hero Obituary". New York Times. April 23, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  25. "Angela Constantinides Hero". Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  26. "Choate Rosemary Hall". Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  27. Arender, Tammi (April 9, 2019). ""The Mission of a Lifetime" written by former KNOE reporter, Basil Hero". KNOE. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  28. Birch, Joe (April 26, 2019). "Former reporter releases book to commemorate 50th anniversary of moon landing". WMC. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  29. Nelson, Michael (April 28, 2019). "Nelson: Former Channel 5 reporter Basil Hero offers lessons from the moon missions". Daily Memphian. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  30. "WNBC Gets 'Good News'". Variety. November 10, 1991. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  31. Goldstein, Seth (July 10, 1993). "Picture This". Billboard. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  32. Elliott, Stuart (August 11, 1993). "Advertising; Here's JayDaveConanChevy! Hard Sell for Late-Night TV". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  33. Blumenthal, Ralph (April 18, 1999). "TELEVISION / RADIO; New Life for Great Theater (Even Olivier)". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  34. Weber, Bruce (January 19, 2000). "Taking the Show To Television". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  35. King, Susan (July 6, 2000). "Star Turns From the Vaults of PBS". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  36. Salamon, Julie (August 5, 2001). "TELEVISION/RADIO; A Chance to See 'Salesman' as if for the First Time". New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  37. "Broadway Digital Entertainment Donates Archive to MTR, June 26". Playbill. June 6, 2000. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  38. "EInterview: Are US Companies Better at Operating in Asia Than Asian Ones?". Asia Society. April 18, 2014. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  39. "Westport's Positive Directions Names New Executive Director". Daily Voice. September 25, 2015. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  40. Lomuscio, James (February 19, 2016). "Heroin Scourge Affects Westport, Too". Westport Now. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  41. Stewart, Martha (June 5, 2017). "Visiting Turkey Hill". The Martha Blog. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  42. "DreamLine.org". Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  43. "The Clarion Society". Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  44. "Dr. Marianne Sommerville". Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  45. Blumenthal, Ralph (September 22, 2001). "Theater Photo Archive Lost Amid the Rubble". The New York Times. Retrieved January 5, 2020.
  46. Useem, Jerry (November 12, 2001). "What It Takes Rudy Giuliani has it. Gustavus Smith didn't. Do you have the chops to lead in a crisis? (And who the heck was Gustavus Smith?)". CNN Money. Retrieved January 5, 2020.

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