Ex-NBC reporter Kent enters politics


TORONTO  -- The "Scud Stud" is giving up journalism for politics.

Arthur Kent, a Canadian whose live NBC reports on Iraq's Scud missile attacks on Saudi Arabia during the 1992 Gulf War made him a celebrity, is running for a legislative seat in his home province of Alberta.

Intense and handsome, Kent stood on a rooftop to tell about Iraqi missiles falling on Dharan, Saudi Arabia. He wore a leather jacket and was soon dubbed "the Scud Stud" in the popular press.

"That is a fond memory," Kent, 54, said Wednesday from Calgary, Alberta. "It's the kind of nickname that sticks."

After the war, he left NBC in a contract dispute later in 1992. His lawsuit was settled out of court, and he has since worked for A&E, the History Channel and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and as an independent producer.

He is running as a Conservative Party candidate to challenge incumbent Liberal Dave Taylor for a seat representing a district in Calgary.

"After 36 years as a reporter, much of it spent as a foreign correspondent witnessing the downside of gridlock and geopolitical conflict and war, I've come over time to believe we have to make the best of our communities," Kent said. "Public service began to appeal to me more and more."