Veteran CBS Political Reporter George Herman Dead at 85

Feb 8, 2005  •  Post A Comment

George Herman, the first CBS News correspondent to file reports from abroad that included audio and video, died Tuesday.

The longtime political reporter, who was also the longest-serving moderator of “Face the Nation,” was 85 and lived in Washington. The cause of death was heart failure after a long illness.

Mr. Herman reported for CBS radio and television news during a career of more than four decades with the network and was primarily based in Washington. The obituary released by CBS News said, “His convention, primary and national election reporting began with tallies on dime-store writing pads beamed to a handful of television sets in 1948 and ended in the computer age of electronic graphics seen by tens of millions in 1980. He first appeared on television analyzing caucus declarations for President Harry Truman at the 1948 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia, the first to be televised.”

He began his broadcasting career at WQXR-Radio in New York in 1942 and joined CBS News in 1944 as a radio news writer who ad-libbed coverage of the Japanese offer to surrender. Mr. Herman left CBS News in 1987.