A veteran broadcast television network newsman who was a pioneer of political journalism has died, ABC News reports. Hal Bruno, the longtime political director for ABC News, was 83.
Bruno also once worked for TVWeek’s sister publication Advertising Age.
Bruno died Tuesday in Maryland after a fall at his home, the story reports.
Bruno guided ABC’s political coverage during the 1980s and 1990s, the report says. He retired from the network in 1999 and later worked as director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
ABC News reported: “He was a major presence in the ABC News Washington bureau until his retirement in 1999. He had better sources than anyone in the business, according to ABC News Washington Bureau Chief Robin Sproul, who, as a radio producer, worked with him on the show ‘Hal Bruno’s Washington.’”
The story quotes Sproul saying: “The number of county party chairman he knew across the country was mind-blowing. On election night he could call any one of them. They all knew him and they were all trying to get information to him and from him.”
After graduating from the University of Illinois, Bruno started as a reporter for Advertising Age in 1950, the piece notes. He joined ABC News in 1978, after working for Newsweek magazine for 18 years in roles ranging from reporter to chief political correspondent, the story says.