NBC News Veteran Cummins Dies
Jim Cummins, who worked his way up through Midwest stations to a three-decade career as a correspondent with NBC News, died Friday. He was 62 and had been diagnosed with cancer after retiring from NBC News earlier this year.
In an e-mail to staffers, NBC News President Steve Capus described Mr. Cummins as “a gentle giant of a man” who had “spent decades making Americans feel right at home, with his down-to-earth, warm reporting style, delivery and presence. During a distinguished career with NBC News, Jim covered all kinds of breaking news assignments and memorable features.”
His career began in 1969 and took him from KGLO-TV in Mason City, Iowa, to WOTV in Grand Rapids, Mich., WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee and NBC-owned WMAQ-TV in Chicago. In 1978, NBC News hired him as a Chicago-based correspondent. In 1989 he became the network’s Southwest bureau chief and Dallas-based correspondent. He won an Emmy in 1993 for his coverage of Midwest floods.
He is survived by wife Connie and six children, who Mr. Capus said were with him when he died.
“Jim and Connie had a vision for life after NBC. A damnable cancer diagnosis came a short time after he left the job, and those plans took a backseat to a courageous battle,” Mr. Capus said.