A TV newsman who became a household name covering U.S. politics in a career spanning decades has died. The AP reports that Sander Vanocur died Monday night in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 91.
“As national political correspondent at NBC in the 1960s, Vanocur covered conventions, elections and assassinations during some of the most momentous years in American history,” the AP reports. “He was a questioner at the first debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon in 1960 and went on to cover Kennedy’s administration from the White House.”
Vanocur, who also worked for ABC News, reported on Vietnam and civil rights, and conducted a lengthy one-on-one interview with Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Vanocur also interviewed Robert F. Kennedy two days before he was assassinated in Los Angeles in 1968,” the AP notes.
Here’s a glimpse of Vanocur at work for ABC News, reporting a business brief in 1987 …