Former CBS News Fixture Dies

Mar 10, 2014  •  Post A Comment

An award-winning television news correspondent who was a fixture at CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s has died. TVNewser.com reports that Bill McLaughlin died Friday in a Connecticut hospital from cardiac arrest. He was 76.

A resident of France, McLaughlin was in the U.S. visiting friends, the story notes.

He spent nearly all of his 27-year news career with CBS, although he worked for NBC News for two years starting in 1979.

“McLaughlin joined CBS News as a reporter in 1966 in Paris," the story reports. "He was named bureau chief in Bonn, West Germany, in 1968. He served there until being sent to cover the Vietnam War in 1969. In 1971, he was named bureau chief in Beirut, from which he covered conflicts in the Middle East, including the 1973 Arab-Israeli War. His coverage of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics won an Overseas Press Club award."

McLaughlin won another Overseas Press Club award in 1974. CBS News reports: "McLaughlin was the reporter in the June 1974 ‘CBS Reports: The Palestinians,’ which won the Overseas Press Club’s award for Best TV Documentary on World Affairs that year.

"The next year he landed an interview with Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal that turned out to be the king’s last filmed interview with a foreign journalist before his assassination. McLaughlin’s report became a central part of the CBS News Special Report, ‘Death of a King: What Changes for the Arab World?’"

bill mclaughlin.pngBill McLaughlin in 1974

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