Edwin Newman, the longtime NBC newsman, has died at age 91, according to a number of media reports. The reports did not list a cause of death.
Says the New York TImes in its report, "Mr. Newman, recognizable for his balding head and fierce dark eyebrows, was known to three decades of postwar television viewers for his erudition, droll wit and seemingly limitless penchant for puns. He began his association with NBC in the early 1950s and was variously a correspondent, anchorman and critic there before retiring in 1984."
The Times also says, "An anchor on the “Today” show in the early 1960s and a familiar presence on the program for many years afterward, Mr. Newman also appeared regularly on “Meet the Press.” He won seven New York Emmy Awards for his work in the 1960s and ’70s with NBC’s local affiliate, WNBC-TV, on which he was a drama critic and the host of the interview program “Speaking Freely.”
Newman was also well known for his books about the English language, "Strictly Speaking" and A Civil Tongue."
Here’s a clip of Newman giving a show-ending commentary about the New York Worlds Fair in an NBC special on the Fair in 1964: