Neal Spelce received the nation’s highest award for radio as well as TV journalism following graduation from the University of Texas with three communications degrees. His stellar career led his alma mater to permanently name the Neal Spelce Broadcast Journalism Studio in his honor.
Additionally, for forty years, he wrote a weekly news and public affairs report about Austin. He continues as a highly-sought after speaker and consultant, while writing his memoirs.
With the Bark Off: A Journalist's Memories of LBJ and a Life in the News Media is published by the University of Texas Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, with distribution by the University of Texas Press.
Publication Release Date: September 7, 2021
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“From my decades of intimate knowledge of LBJ, I can tell you Neal Spelce absolutely nails LBJ’s personality with these stories, many that have never been told. Reinforcing his powers of observation are the dozens of Neal’s personal photographs he sprinkles throughout With The Bark Off. I’ve watched Neal first-hand throughout his career. He has no agenda but the truth.
His life in the news media runs the gamut from reporting on-the-air live during unrelenting gunfire on a college campus to following Vice President Johnson into a jungle village in Vietnam.
Neal Spelce tells his stories as if he’s confiding in you in a personal conversation. And they are entertaining, much of the time with a self-deprecating sense of humor. It is a splendid memoir.”
Former LBJ White House aide, former publisher of Los Angeles Times, former CEO, CNN