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Harold Dow a CBS News Correspondent has Passed Away

Author: Mavis Young

Published: 2010-08-22

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Well known CBS News Correspondent Harold Dow has died at age 62.

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Well known CBS News Correspondent Harold Dow has died at age 62.

A CBS News correspondent Harold Dow died suddenly yesterday aged 62. Dow had been a contributor to CBS's news magazine show 48 Hours since it began in 1988 and a correspondent since 1990. Harold Dow was a five-time Emmy Award-winner and also the recipient of a RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, an Operation Push Excellence in Journalism Award, and a George Foster Peabody Award.

As a co-anchor and talk-show host for KETV in Omaha, Nebraska., Harold was the first African-American television reporter in that city.

In a recent interview with his hometown newspaper in Hackensack, New Jersey, Dow says, "I've traveled all over the world. I've seen things few people in life get a chance to see up front and personal. I covered the tsunami in Sri Lanka. I was in South Africa when Nelson Mandela was freed. I traveled with him across the United States when he gave his tour. There's just moments, places I've been that I think truly changed my life."

Said CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus: "CBS News is deeply saddened by this sudden loss. The CBS News family has lost one of its oldest and most talented members, whose absence will be felt by many and whose on-air presence and reporting skills touched nearly all of our broadcasts. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Kathy and their children Joelle, Danica and David."

Harold Dow landed an exclusive interview with kidnapping victim Hearst in December 1976, and he had the first network interview with O.J. Simpson following the 1994 killing of his ex-wife. He barely escaped one of the falling twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, the network said.

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