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CBS News Veteran Killed in Car Crash

Jan 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A longtime CBS News correspondent has been killed in a head-on automobile accident on Montauk highway in Amagansett, N.Y., reports TVNewser.com.

Richard Threlkeld, who was an anchor and correspondent for 25 years with CBS and also did a stint on ABC News, died Friday. He was 74.

In a statement, CBS News’ Lesley Stahl commented on her colleague, saying: “Richard Threlkeld had the kind of name and kind of looks that could’ve made him a reporter in the movies, but unlike a reporter in the movies, he could write his owns scripts. In fact, he was one of our best writers and reporters, someone CBS sent to troubled spots to cover the big stories of the day. Richard was known for his integrity and his decency.”

Bob Simon, also a CBS News vet, said: "We were together when we covered the biggest story of our lives: the fall of Saigon, April 29, 1975. We were both in one of the last helicopters to leave the American embassy. We were on the same aircraft carrier on that sad trip to the Philippines. Richard was old school in the best sense. He really didn’t give a damn about being on camera. He didn’t do many stand-ups. He always figured there was more interesting footage than himself.”

ABC News President Ben Sherwood added his comments in a statement Friday: “We were all greatly saddened to learn the news that Richard Threlkeld died in a car accident earlier this morning. An award-winning war correspondent and terrific writer and master storyteller, Richard worked at ABC News during the 1980s covering many momentous events, including Tiananmen Square. An incredibly decent and nice man, Richard was always full of ideas and is remembered for nurturing many younger colleagues in our business. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Betsy and family at this most difficult time.”

Threlkeld’s last assignment with CBS News was as correspondent in Moscow, the story notes. His wife, Betsy Aaron, worked as Moscow correspondent for CNN at the time.

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