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ABC News Freelancer Binder Killed in Accident

Dec 6, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Ralph Binder (right)Freelance producer Ralph Binder was killed in an accident Thursday near Grand Island, Neb., as he and freelance soundman Dan Johnson were driving from Denver to Omaha to cover the mall shooting there for ABC News.
ABC News President David Westin, in an e-mail to staffers Thursday, said that Mr. Johnson was treated and released from a hospital. Police said the newsmen were on I-80 and swerved to avoid a car that had lost control in front of them.
Mr. Westin said that Mr. Binder joined ABC News in 1974 and had worked in the Washington, D.C., bureau. After moving to Denver some years ago, he had worked “extensively” for ABC News as a freelancer, most recently as “World News” anchor Charles Gibson’s cameraman during the California wildfires.
“He was a first-class cameraman but much more, he was a wonderful man,” Mr. Westin wrote.
Mr. Binder is survived by wife, Joy Wolf, a producer who often freelances for ABC News, and 12- and 9-year-old sons.
“We will do our utmost to support them in every way and will make sure that Dan gets the care that he needs,” Mr. Westin wrote. “We will let you know about arrangements as they are made.”
(Editor: Baumann)

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