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The Best Retired News Anchors

Some of the best retired news anchors of all time, including Anderson Cooper, Dan Rather, and Peter Jennings, press release power has gathered together the finest in television broadcasting

The Best Retired News Anchors

Walter Cronkite anchored the evening news on CBS for 19 years, starting in 1962. After working as a war-time wire-service reporter, Cronkite earned the nickname Uncle Walter and earned the title of “The Most Trusted Man in America.” Cronkite brought a great deal of emotion and realism to his broadcasts, which made him a beloved figure on television.

Lester Holt

Lester Holt is an award-winning journalist and the anchor of NBC Nightly News. He leads the network’s primetime political coverage and special reports. He joined NBC in 2000 and co-anchored “Weekend TODAY” for 12 years. In June 2015, he was named the permanent anchor of NBC Nightly News. Before that, he co-anchored NBC’s Dateline NBC. He has also covered every Olympic games since 2002.

Lester Holt began his career as a reporter at a San Francisco radio station before joining CBS in 1982. He was awarded access inside Iran’s capital and met Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He also covered the D-Day anniversary in Normandy, France, and reported on the growing tension between the United States and North Korea. He continued to work on breaking news stories and became NBC’s evening anchor.

Barbara Walters

There are many reasons to be proud of Barbara Walters. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, and has a stellar reputation as a journalist. She was honored with a lifetime achievement award from the International Women’s Media Foundation and inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was the first woman to win a Daytime Emmy.

She has a unique ability to blend the worlds of television news and the world of celebrity. Her interviews often featured famous people and were highly watched by television audiences. Her famous interview with Monica Lewinsky garnered 74 million viewers, a record for an ABC news show.

Erin Burnett

After her long career in broadcasting, Erin Burnett is retiring. Although there was a brief speculation that she would return, Burnett told CNBC that she had received “exciting opportunities.” Burnett said that she could not comment on the matter further. CNBC did not mention whether it is planning to replace Burnett, but thanked her for her quality contributions to the network.

Burnett started her career in investment banking and later moved to TV. After working for Goldman Sachs, she landed a writing job for the popular show Moneyline. Later, she joined CNN as a writer for various programs. She also served as a vice president for CitiMedia before joining Bloomberg Television as an anchor and stock editor.

Jane Clayson

If you have a TV set or are watching the news, you’ve probably come across the name Jane Clayson. She’s a nationally recognized journalist who has worked at several major news networks. In her career, she has interviewed presidents, authors, movie stars, and regular people doing extraordinary things. Her book, Silent Souls Weeping, broke new ground by opening the conversation about depression.

After earning a master’s degree from Brigham Young University, Jane Clayson began her career as a television reporter at KSL-TV in Salt Lake City. Her work was recognized by the Radio and Television News Directors of America, and she received the Edward R. Murrow Award. In addition, her reporting on medical issues for Chinese children won a regional Emmy. She was also a co-anchor on The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel and a reporter on 48 Hours and CBS Evening News.

John Daly

Former TV anchor John Daly is one of the best retired broadcasters who has achieved great things in his career. In addition to his broadcast work, Daly has also been a legal expert and reported on legal matters. He was a staple in Chicago’s television industry for three decades. His work has also earned him a number of Emmys. He was also inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame. In addition, he received the first Illinois Broadcast Pioneer Award. In recent years, he was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent a surgery to treat it. He was subsequently diagnosed with the disease again and will be notified in the coming weeks whether it has returned or not.

In addition to his extensive broadcasting career, Daly has also embraced the new media and is trying to reach a wider audience. During the 2004 presidential election, he was asked by friends about his views and where he got his information. His friends even suggested that he write a book about his experience and thoughts on the election.


Many retired news anchors have made their mark on journalism. Shereen Marisol Meraji, the former anchor of It’s Been a Minute, is one of these. She will leave Code Switch this August to pursue new opportunities. As a news anchor, Meraji earned a loyal following.

Shereen has been a legend in her own lifetime. She also has had a long and successful career on television. She has hosted Reporting Scotland and been the presenter of the BBC Hogmanay coverage.

Walter Cronkite
Dec. at 92 (1916-2009)

Birthplace: St. Joseph, Missouri, USA
Formerly of: CBS News

Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist who served as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–1981). During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was often cited as “the most trusted man in America” after being so named in an opinion poll.He reported many events from 1937 to 1981, including bombings in World War II; the Nuremberg trials; combat in the Vietnam War; the Dawson’s Field hijackings; Watergate; the Iran Hostage Crisis; and the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr., and Beatles musician John Lennon. He was also known for his extensive coverage of the U.S. space program, from Project Mercury to the Moon landings to the Space Shuttle. He was the only non-NASA recipient of an Ambassador of Exploration award.Cronkite is well known for his departing catchphrase, “And that’s the way it is,” followed by the date of the broadcast.

David Brinkley
Dec. at 82 (1920-2003)

Birthplace: Wilmington, North Carolina, USA
Formerly of: The Huntley-Brinkley Report NBC

David McClure Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003) was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC’s top-rated nightly news program, The Huntley–Brinkley Report, with Chet Huntley and thereafter appeared as co-anchor or commentator on its successor, NBC Nightly News, through the 1970s. In the 1980s and 1990s, Brinkley was host of the popular Sunday This Week with David Brinkley program and a top commentator on election-night coverage for ABC News. Over the course of his career, Brinkley received ten Emmy Awards, three George Foster Peabody Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.He wrote three books, including the 1988 bestseller Washington Goes to War, about how World War II transformed the nation’s capital. This social history was largely based on his own observations as a young reporter in the city.

Edward R. Murrow
Dec. at 57 (1908-1965)

Birthplace: North Carolina, USA
Formerly of: CBS Reports

Edward Roscoe Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow; April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist and war correspondent. He first gained prominence during World War II with a series of live radio broadcasts from Europe for the news division of CBS. During the war he recruited and worked closely with a team of war correspondents who came to be known as the Murrow Boys. A pioneer of radio and television news broadcasting, Murrow produced a series of reports on his television program See It Now which helped lead to the censure of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Fellow journalists Eric Sevareid, Ed Bliss, Bill Downs, Dan Rather, and Alexander Kendrick consider Murrow one of journalism’s greatest figures, noting his honesty and integrity in delivering the news.

Harry Reasoner
Dec. at 68 (1923-1991)

Birthplace: Dakota City, Iowa, USA
Formerly of: CBS News and ABC News

Harry Truman Reasoner (April 17, 1923 – August 6, 1991) was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the 60 Minutes program. Over the course of his career, Reasoner won three Emmy Awards and a George Foster Peabody Award in 1967.

Chet Huntley
Dec. at 62 (1911-1974)

Birthplace: Cardwell, Montana, United States of America
Formerly of: The Huntley-Brinkley Report

Chester Robert “Chet” Huntley (December 10, 1911 – March 20, 1974) was an American television newscaster, best known for co-anchoring NBC’s evening news program, The Huntley-Brinkley Report, for 14 years beginning in 1956.

Peter Jennings
Dec. at 67 (1938-2005)

Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Formerly of: ABC News

Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings (July 29, 1938 – August 7, 2005) was a Canadian-American journalist who served as the sole anchor of ABC World News Tonight from 1983 until his death from lung cancer in 2005. He dropped out of high school, yet he transformed himself into one of American television’s most prominent journalists. Jennings started his career early, hosting a Canadian radio show at age 9. He began his professional career with CJOH-TV in Ottawa during its early years, anchoring the local newscasts and hosting the teen dance show Saturday Date on Saturdays. In 1965, ABC News tapped him to anchor its flagship evening news program. Critics and others in the television news business attacked his inexperience, making his job difficult. He became a foreign correspondent in 1968, reporting from the Middle East. Jennings returned as one of World News Tonight’s three anchormen in 1978, and he was promoted to sole anchorman in 1983. He was also known for his marathon coverage of breaking news stories, staying on the air for 15 hours or more to anchor the live broadcast of events such as the Gulf War in 1991, the Millennium celebrations in 2000, and the September 11 attacks in 2001. In addition to anchoring, he was the host of many ABC News special reports and moderated several American presidential debates. He was always fascinated with the United States and became an American citizen in 2003. Jennings was one of the “Big Three” news anchormen, along with Tom Brokaw of NBC and Dan Rather of CBS, who dominated American evening network news from the early 1980s until his death in 2005, which closely followed the retirements of Brokaw in 2004 and Rather in 2005.

Tom Brokaw
Age: 82

Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, USA
Formerly of: NBC News

Thomas John Brokaw (; born February 6, 1940) is an American television journalist and author, best known for being the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News for 22 years (1982–2004). He is the only person to have hosted all three major NBC News programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and, briefly, Meet the Press. He now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets.Along with competitors Peter Jennings at ABC News and Dan Rather at CBS News, Brokaw was one of the “Big Three” news anchors in the U.S. during the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. The three hosted their networks’ flagship nightly news programs for over 20 years, and all three started and retired (or died, in Jennings’s case) within a year of each other.Brokaw has also written several books on American history and society in the 20th century. He is the author of The Greatest Generation (1998) and other books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors.

Hugh Downs
Age: 101

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America
Formerly of: ABC News’ 20/20, formerly at NBC News

Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) was a retired American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He was perhaps best known for his roles as co-host of the NBC News program Today from 1962–71, host of the Concentration game show from 1958–69, and anchor of the ABC News magazine 20/20 from 1978–99. He also served as announcer/sidekick for Tonight Starring Jack Paar, host of the PBS talk show Over Easy, and co-host of the syndicated talk show Not for Women Only.

John Chancellor
Dec. at 68 (1927-1996)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Formerly of: NBC Nightly News

John William Chancellor (July 14, 1927 – July 12, 1996) was an American journalist who spent most of his career with NBC News. He served as anchor of the NBC Nightly News from 1970 to 1982 and continued to do editorials and commentaries for NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw until 1993.

Paul Harvey
Dec. at 90 (1918-2009)

Birthplace: USA, Oklahoma, Tulsa
Formerly of: News & Comment, ABC radio

Paul Harvey Aurandt (September 4, 1918 – February 28, 2009), better known as Paul Harvey, was a conservative American radio broadcaster for the ABC Radio Networks. He broadcast News and Comment on weekday mornings and mid-days and at noon on Saturdays, as well as his famous The Rest of the Story segments. From 1952 through 2008, his programs reached as many as 24 million people a week. Paul Harvey News was carried on 1,200 radio stations, 400 American Forces Network stations, and 300 newspapers.

Ed Bradley
Dec. at 65 (1941-2006)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Formerly of: CBS News

Edward Rudolph “Ed” Bradley, Jr. (June 22, 1941 – November 9, 2006) was an American journalist, best known for 26 years of award-winning work on the CBS News television program 60 Minutes. During his earlier career he also covered the fall of Saigon, was the first black television correspondent to cover the White House, and anchored his own news broadcast, CBS Sunday Night News with Ed Bradley. He received several awards for his work including the Peabody, the National Association of Black Journalists Lifetime Achievement Award, Radio Television Digital News Association Paul White (journalist) Award and 19 Emmy Awards.

Frank Reynolds
Dec. at 59 (1923-1983)

Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, United States of America
Formerly of: ABC News

Frank James Reynolds (November 29, 1923 – July 20, 1983) was an American television journalist for CBS and ABC News.Reynolds was a New York-based anchor of the ABC Evening News from 1968 to 1970 and later was the Washington, D.C.-based co-anchor of World News Tonight from 1978 until his death in 1983. During the Iran hostage crisis, he began the 30-minute late-night program America Held Hostage, which later was renamed Nightline, and then taken over by Ted Koppel.

Mike Wallace
Dec. at 93 (1918-2012)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA
Formerly of: 60 Minutes CBS

Myron Leon “Mike” Wallace (May 9, 1918 – April 7, 2012) was an American journalist, game show host, actor, and media personality. He interviewed a wide range of prominent newsmakers during his seven-decade career. He was one of the original correspondents for CBS’ 60 Minutes, which debuted in 1968. Wallace retired as a regular full-time correspondent in 2006, but still appeared occasionally on the series until 2008. He interviewed many politicians, celebrities, and academics, such as Pearl S. Buck, Deng Xiaoping, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Jiang Zemin, Ruhollah Khomeini, Kurt Waldheim, Frank Lloyd Wright, Yasser Arafat, Menachem Begin, Anwar Sadat, Manuel Noriega, John Nash, Gordon B. Hinckley, Vladimir Putin, Maria Callas, Barbra Streisand, Salvador Dalí, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Mickey Cohen, Jimmy Fratianno, and Ayn Rand.

Timothy J. Russert
Dec. at 58 (1950-2008)

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
Formerly of: NBC News

Timothy John Russert (May 7, 1950 – June 13, 2008) was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press. He was a senior vice president at NBC News, Washington bureau chief and also hosted an eponymous CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program. He was a frequent correspondent and guest on NBC’s The Today Show and Hardball. Russert covered several presidential elections, and he presented the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey on the NBC Nightly News during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Time magazine included Russert in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008. Russert was posthumously revealed as a 30-year source for syndicated columnist Robert Novak.

Ted Koppel
Age: 82

Birthplace: Lancashire, England, UK
Edward James Martin Koppel (born February 8, 1940) is a British-born American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline, from the program’s inception in 1980 until 2005. Before Nightline, he spent twenty years as a broadcast journalist and news anchor for ABC. After becoming host of Nightline, he was regarded as one of the most “outstanding” of the serious-minded interviewers on American television. Five years after its 1980 debut the show had a nightly audience of some seven and a half million viewers.After leaving Nightline, Koppel worked as managing editor for the Discovery Channel, a news analyst for NPR and BBC World News America and a contributor to Rock Center with Brian Williams. Koppel is currently a special contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning. His career as foreign and diplomatic correspondent earned him numerous awards, including nine Overseas Press Club awards and twenty-five Emmy Awards.

Edwin Newman
Dec. at 91 (1919-2010)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Formerly of: NBC News

Edwin Harold Newman (January 25, 1919 – August 13, 2010) was an American newscaster, journalist, and author. After beginning his career with the wire services and serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, Newman worked in radio for CBS News. He is known for a 23-year career in television news with the National Broadcasting Company, from 1961 to 1984.

Jessica Savitch
Dec. at 36 (1947-1983)

Birthplace: Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Formerly of: NBC News and Frontline

Jessica Beth Savitch (February 1, 1947 – October 23, 1983) was an American television news presenter and correspondent, best known for being the weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News and daily presenter of NBC News updates during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Savitch was one of the first women to anchor an evening network news broadcast alone, following in the footsteps of Marlene Sanders of ABC News and Catherine Mackin of NBC News. She also hosted PBS’s public affairs documentary program Frontline from its January 1983 debut until her death in an automobile accident later that year.Shortly before her death in October 1983, Savitch also became known for her live broadcast of a short NBC News update in which her delivery was erratic and she appeared to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The incident caused widespread speculation that she was abusing drugs. She died three weeks later by drowning when a car in which she was a passenger accidentally drove into a canal during a heavy rainstorm. No drugs and very little alcohol were present in her system at the time of her death. Savitch was renowned for her audience appeal and her skills as an on-camera news reader, although she drew criticism for her relative lack of news reporting experience. Prior to joining NBC News, she was a popular local anchorwoman in Philadelphia, and before that, while working at a Houston television station, she was the first female news anchor in the South. Posthumously she became the subject of two biographies and a television film, Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story, as well as television documentaries. The 1996 feature film Up Close and Personal starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert Redford was very loosely based on her life, with many details changed in order to produce a film more upbeat than Savitch’s troubled personal life. Her experiences as a pioneer female news anchor also helped inspire Will Ferrell to make the 2004 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

Art Linkletter
Dec. at 97 (1912-2010)

Birthplace: Moose Jaw, Canada
Formerly of: KGB-AM radio, San Diego

Arthur Gordon Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly or Gordon Arthur Kelley (sources differ), July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny on NBC radio and television for 19 years. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1942. One popular feature of his House Party program was the Kids Say the Darndest Things segments. A series of books followed which contained the humorous comments made on-air by children.

Dan Rather
Age: 90

Birthplace: Wharton, Texas, USA
Formerly of: CBS News

Dan Irvin Rather Jr. (; born October 31, 1931) is an American journalist. Rather began his career in Texas and was on the scene of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas in 1963. His reporting elevated his position in CBS News, where he was White House correspondent beginning in 1964. He served as foreign correspondent in London and Vietnam over the next two years before returning to the White House correspondent position, covering the presidency of Richard Nixon, including his trip to China, Watergate scandal and resignation. When Walter Cronkite retired in 1981, Rather was promoted to news anchor for the CBS Evening News, a role he occupied for 24 years. Along with Peter Jennings at ABC News and Tom Brokaw at NBC News, he was one of the “Big Three” nightly news anchors in the U.S. from the 1980s through the early 2000s. He also frequently contributed to CBS’s weekly news magazine 60 Minutes. Within a year of Brokaw’s retirement and Jennings’s death, he left the anchor desk in 2005 following a controversy in which he presented unauthenticated documents in a news report on President George W. Bush’s Vietnam War-era service in the National Guard. He continued to work with CBS until 2006. On the cable channel AXS TV (then called HDNet), Rather hosted Dan Rather Reports, a 60 Minutes-style investigative news program, from 2006 to 2013. He also hosts several other projects for AXS TV, including Dan Rather Presents, which does in-depth reporting on broad topics such as mental health care or adoption, and The Big Interview with Dan Rather, where he conducts long-form interviews with musicians and other entertainers. In January 2018, he began hosting an online newscast called The News with Dan Rather on The Young Turks’ YouTube channel.

Jane Pauley
Age: 71

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America
Formerly of: NBC News

Margaret Jane Pauley (born October 31, 1950), known as Jane Pauley, is an American television journalist and author, active in news reporting since 1972. She is the anchor of CBS Sunday Morning. Pauley previously held a 13-year position on NBC’s Today program, followed by 12 years as co-host of Dateline NBC. She has publicly acknowledged her struggle with bipolar disorder.

Walter Winchell
Dec. at 74 (1897-1972)

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
Formerly of: The Jergens Journal, NBC radio

Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972) was a syndicated American newspaper gossip columnist and radio news commentator. Originally a vaudeville performer, Winchell began his newspaper career as a Broadway reporter, critic and columnist for New York tabloids in the Roaring Twenties. He rose to national celebrity in the 1930s with Hearst newspaper chain syndication and a popular radio program. He was known for an innovative style of gossipy staccato news briefs, jokes and Jazz Age slang. He found both hard news and embarrassing stories about famous people by exploiting his exceptionally wide circle of contacts, first in the entertainment world and the Prohibition era underworld, then in law enforcement and politics. He was known for trading gossip, sometimes in return for his silence. His outspoken style made him both feared and admired. Novels and movies were based on his wisecracking gossip columnist persona, as early as the play and film Blessed Event in 1932. As World War II approached, he attacked the appeasers of Nazism in the 1930s, and in the 1950s aligned with Joseph McCarthy in his campaign against communists. He damaged the reputations of Charles Lindbergh and Josephine Baker as well as other individuals who had earned his enmity. However, the McCarthy connection in time made him deeply unfashionable, and his style did not adapt well to television news. He did return to television in 1959 as narrator of the Roaring Twenties crime drama series The Untouchables. Over the years he appeared in more than two dozen films and television productions as an actor, sometimes playing himself.

Howard K. Smith
Dec. at 87 (1914-2002)

Birthplace: Ferriday, Louisiana, United States of America
Formerly of: ABC News, formerly at CBS News

Howard Kingsbury Smith (May 12, 1914 – February 15, 2002) was an American journalist, radio reporter, television anchorman, political commentator, and film actor. He was one of the original members of the team of war correspondents known as the Murrow Boys.

Frank McGee
Dec. at 52 (1921-1974)

Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, USA
Formerly of: NBC News

Frank McGee (September 12, 1921 – April 17, 1974) was an American television journalist, best known for his work with NBC from the late 1950s into the early 1970s.

Dave Garroway
Dec. at 69 (1913-1982)

Birthplace: USA, New York, Schenectady
Formerly of: The Today Show NBC

David Cunningham Garroway (July 13, 1913 – July 21, 1982) was an American television personality. He was the founding host and anchor of NBC’s Today from 1952 to 1961. His easygoing and relaxing style belied a lifelong battle with depression. Garroway has been honored for his contributions to radio and television with a star for each on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as the St. Louis Walk of Fame, the city where he spent part of his teenage years and early adulthood.

Jim Vance
Age: 80

Birthplace: Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA
Formerly of: WRC-TV

James Howard “Jim” Vance III (January 10, 1942 – July 22, 2017) was an American television news presenter in Washington, D.C.

Douglas Edwards
Dec. at 73 (1917-1990)

Birthplace: Ada, Oklahoma, USA
Formerly of: CBS News

Douglas Edwards (July 14, 1917 – October 13, 1990) was an American network news television anchor. He anchored CBS’s first network nightly television news broadcast from 1947–1962, which was later to be titled CBS Evening News.

Robert MacNeil
Age: 91

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Formerly of: The MacNeil/Lehrer Newshour

Robert Breckenridge Ware “Robin” MacNeil, OC (born January 19, 1931) is a Canadian-American novelist, and retired television news anchor and journalist who partnered with Jim Lehrer to create The MacNeil/Lehrer Report in 1975.

John Daly
Dec. at 77 (1914-1991)

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Formerly of: ABC News

John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly (February 20, 1914 – February 24, 1991), generally known as John Charles Daly or simply John Daly, was an American radio and television personality, CBS News broadcast journalist, ABC News executive and TV anchor and a game show host, best known as the host and moderator of the CBS television panel show What’s My Line? In World War II, he was the first national correspondent to report the attack on Pearl Harbor, and the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as covering much of the front-line news from Europe and North Africa.

Bernard Shaw
Age: 82

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Formerly of: CNN

Bernard Shaw (born May 22, 1940) is a retired American journalist and former lead news anchor for CNN from 1980 until his retirement in March 2001.

Max Robinson
Dec. at 49 (1939-1988)

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
Formerly of: ABC News

Maxie Cleveland “Max” Robinson, Jr. (May 1, 1939 – December 20, 1988) was an American broadcast journalist, most notably serving as co-anchor on ABC World News Tonight alongside Frank Reynolds and Peter Jennings from 1978 until 1983. Robinson is noted as the first African-American broadcast network news anchor in the United States. Robinson was a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Roger Grimsby
Dec. at 66 (1928-1995)

Birthplace: USA, Montana, Butte
Formerly of: WABC-TV, KGO-TV and WNBC

Roger Olin Grimsby (September 23, 1928 – June 23, 1995) was an American journalist, television news anchor and actor. Grimsby, who for eighteen years was seen on ABC’s flagship station WABC in New York City, is known as one of the pioneers of local television broadcast news.

Larry Kane
Age: 79

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Formerly of: WPVI-TV, WCAU-TV, and KYW-TV

Hal Fishman
Dec. at 75 (1931-2007)

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
Formerly of: KTLA-TV

Harold “Hal” Fishman (August 25, 1931 – August 7, 2007) was a local news anchor in the Los Angeles area, serving on-air with Los Angeles-area television stations continuously from 1960 until his death in 2007. Fishman was the longest-running news anchor in the history of American television before Dave Ward surpassed him in 2015. He was also a record-holding aviator. “The Simpsons” cartoon television anchorman Kent Brockman was partially inspired by Hal Fishman.

Dave Ward
Age: 79

Formerly of: KTRK-TV

David Bloom
Dec. at 39 (1963-2003)

Birthplace: Edina, Minnesota, United States of America
Formerly of: NBC News and co-anchor of the Today Show

David Jerome Bloom (May 22, 1963 – April 6, 2003) was an American television journalist (co-anchor of Weekend Today and reporter) until his sudden death in 2003 after a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) became a pulmonary embolism.

Jim Jensen
Dec. at 72 (1926-1999)

Birthplace: Kenosha, Wisconsin, United States of America
Formerly of: WCBS-TV

James or Jim Jensen may refer to: James A. Jensen (1918–1998), paleontologist, known as Dinosaur Jim James H. Jensen, Wisconsin State Assemblyman James Jensen (The Sadhu), character in The Sadhu Jim Jensen (reporter) (1926–1999), American TV journalist Jim Jensen (wide receiver) (born 1958), known as “Crash” Jensen Jim Jensen (Nebraska politician) (born 1934), Nebraska state senator Jim Jensen (running back) (born 1953), running back who mostly played for the Denver Broncos

Dennis Richmond
Age: 79

Birthplace: Rossford, Ohio, United States of America
Formerly of: KTVU

Dennis Richmond (born May 26, 1943) is an American retired news anchor who spent 40 years with Oakland, California-based KTVU.

Bill Beutel
Dec. at 75 (1930-2006)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
Formerly of: WABC-TV formerly ABC News

William Charles Beutel1 (December 12, 1930 – March 18, 2006) was an American television reporter, journalist and anchor. He was best known for working over four decades with the American Broadcasting Company, spending much of that time anchoring newscasts for WABC-TV in New York City. He also was an ABC radio network newscaster before ABC Radio’s split into 4 networks on January 1, 1968. After the split he reported on the American Contemporary Network as did his Eyewitness partner Roger Grimsby.

Natalie Jacobson
Age: 78

Formerly of: WCVB-TV

Natalie Jacobson (born Natalie Salatich) is an American former news anchor with WCVB-TV in Boston, Massachusetts.

Marvin Zindler
Dec. at 85 (1921-2007)

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
Formerly of: KTRK-TV

Marvin Harold Zindler (August 10, 1921 – July 29, 2007) was a news reporter for television station KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas, United States. His investigative journalism, through which he mostly represented the city’s elderly and working class, made him one of the city’s most influential and well-known media personalities.

Ralph Renick
Dec. at 62 (1928-1991)

Birthplace: New York City, New York
Formerly of: WTVJ

Ralph Apperson Renick (August 9, 1928 – July 11, 1991) was a pioneer American television journalist for Miami’s WTVJ, channel 4 (now channel 6), Florida’s first television station. He was WTVJ’s first and longest running news anchor and the driving force behind television news in South Florida from the station’s inception in March 1949 until his departure nearly 36 years later in 1985.

Charlie Gaddy
Age: 90

Birthplace: Biscoe, North Carolina, United States of America
Formerly of: WRAL-TV

Charlie Gaddy (born September 17, 1931), is a former Raleigh, North Carolina television anchorman for WRAL-TV. He anchored the evening news for over 20 years. He retired in 1994.

Al Sanders
Dec. at 54 (1941-1995)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
Formerly of: WJZ-TV

Al Sanders (March 13, 1941 – May 5, 1995), was an American television news anchorman at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. He helped take a third place television newscast to first place, where it stayed throughout his career.

Marie Torre
Dec. at 73 (1924-1997)

Birthplace: New York City, New York
Formerly of: KDKA-TV

Marie Torre (born Torregrossa; June 17, 1924, Brooklyn, New York – January 3, 1997) was a television personality who appeared on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 1962 to 1977. She was the station’s first woman anchor and one of the first female anchors in the United States. She showed great versatility, easily moving from covering hard news stories, including the kidnapping of Peggy Ann Bradnick at Shade Gap, Pennsylvania, in May 1966, to interviewing such notables and newsmakers as President Lyndon B. Johnson and Coretta Scott King. She hosted a daily interview talk show, Contact, later renamed The Marie Torre Show, as well as public affairs programming on KDKA-TV. She served as the station’s entertainment critic, including everything from motion pictures to live theatre productions, such as the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera.Earlier in her career, she gained some notoriety when, as a reporter for the New York Herald Tribune, she refused to name the source of comments critical of actress Judy Garland. During a landmark court case, Garland v. Torre, Torre was sentenced to 10 days imprisonment for contempt of court.She appeared three times on the children’s show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. After 1977, she returned to New York City. Carlow University in Pittsburgh sponsors the Marie Torre Memorial Lecture Series.

Jerry Turner
Dec. at 58 (1929-1987)

Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, USA
Formerly of: WJZ-TV

Jerry Turner (August 6, 1929 – December 31, 1987) was an American television news anchorman at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland. He was from Meridian, Mississippi and started working at the Baltimore television station in August 1962, starting the 6PM Newscast with Al Sanders in 1977. Prior to his arrival on Television Hill, WJZ’s news was mired in third place in a town that had three major network newscasts. In 1971, WBAL-TV was #1, WMAR-TV was #2; three years later, WJZ with Turner, Sanders, Bob Turk (weather) and Nick Charles (Sports) was a runaway #1 and stayed there through the 70s and into the 80s.Turner was a co-anchor with Oprah Winfrey when she first moved to Baltimore in 1976.

Casey Coleman
Dec. at 55 (1951-2006)

Formerly of: WJW-TV

Kenneth R. “Casey” Coleman Jr. (March 24, 1951 – November 27, 2006) was a sportscaster and radio personality in the Cleveland area for nearly 30 years.

Don Owen
Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

Birthplace: Beggs, Oklahoma, United States of America
Formerly of: KSLA-TV

Donald Lynn Owen, or Don Owen, was from 1954 to 1984 the pioneer news anchor at KSLA-TV, the CBS affiliate and the first television station in Shreveport in northwestern Louisiana, a position which gave him a high degree of regional name identification. From 1985 to 2002. Owen was one of the five members of the Louisiana Public Service Commission, an elected regulatory body over utilities rates and common carriers.

Bob Weaver
Dec. at 77 (1928-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, New York
Formerly of: WTVJ

Robert Weaver may refer to: Robert Weaver (editor) (1921–2008), Canadian editor and broadcaster Robert C. Weaver (1907–1997), American politician Robert Weaver (illustrator) (1924–1994), American illustrator Robert Weaver (surfer) (born 1965), American surfer Robert Weaver (MP) (1630–1687), British Member of Parliament Robert Edward Weaver (1913–1991), American regionalist artist and illustrator Robert M. Weaver, healthcare consultant Bobby Weaver (born 1958), wrestler Bob Weaver (weatherman) (1928–2006), American TV weatherman Bob Weaver (footballer) (born 1912), English footballer

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