CNN may have caught the country’s attention during the Gulf War, but a newsman at NBC soon stole it. Though Arthur Kent, then 37, covered such hot spots as Afghanistan and Tiananmen Square in his 20-year career, it was his live reports during a missile attack in Saudi Arabia — and his bomber jacket and perfect hair — that won him fame (plus letters, marriage proposals, and even, reportedly, women’s underwear) as the Scud Stud.
NBC put him on Dateline after the war, but Kent wanted to do hard news and battled with NBC brass. When he refused to take an assignment in the Balkans during a contract dispute, he was fired in 1992. He filed a $25 million suit against NBC, settling it in 1994 for a public apology and an undisclosed sum.
Now based in London, Kent resurfaced last year with a memoir, Risk and Redemption, and an online diary (www.skyscribe. com/whatsnew.html) that mixes self-promotion with serious commentary on the news business. He’ll return to desk duty this year as anchor of WorldWatch, a foreign affairs show being developed for PBS, and last fall he donated his jacket to the Newseum, a media museum near Washington, D.C.