A Peabody Award-winning TV news producer who has been a mainstay at CBS News has died. The news division announced that Adrian “Clem” Taylor died today at 60 in a Newark hospital after battling pancreatic cancer for almost a year.
Taylor was at CBS News for almost 20 years, including the last four years at "60 Minutes." His piece "Joy in the Congo" on the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra in war-torn Kinshasa, aired on Easter Sunday in 2012, won the Peabody Award in 2013 along with an Emmy Award — one of eight Emmys Taylor won over the course of his career.
Said "60 Minutes executive producer and CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager: “Clem was a wonderful man, a great friend to so many of us, and a world-class producer. His most recent story was a classic and memorable ’60 Minutes’ story that made him very proud, as it did the rest of us. We will miss him very much." Fager was referring to a story on a small-town group of men who staged the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
CBS News noted that Taylor "held a variety of producing jobs in the news division, rising to senior producer for ‘The Early Show’ in the late 1990s. Before that, he served as a producer in Washington, Dallas, and New York, and traveled to more than 20 countries on behalf of the network. His years assigned to the White House during the Reagan administration had Taylor covering many of the most important news stories of the 1980s, including the historic summit of Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev in Reykjavik, Iceland."
Taylor also spent about 10 years at ABC News, producing reports for “Primetime Live,” “20/20,” and “What Would You Do?” He also worked at Fox News, CNBC and ESPN.