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Rick Regan, a longtime Fox News producer, has died. Regan, 60, had been with Fox for more than 8 years and was responsible for production of live breaking news events and news updates in prime time. Before Fox News, Regan spent 13 years at WCBS and CBS News and, before that, he spent 12 years at WABC where he was senior sports producer. Eric Shawn remembered Regan on the air Sunday:


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John Seigenthaler, Sr. Dies

seigenthalersJohn Seigenthaler, Sr., the longtime editor of The Tennessean newspaper, and father of Al Jazeera America and former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler, Jr. died today.

Seigenthaler, Jr. said his father died “peacefully at home,” where he was recovering after a recent medical treatment. Seigenthaler, who was 86, began his journalism career in 1949 as a reporter for The Nashville Tennessean. He worked as a reporter and assistant city editor until 1960, when he went to work for Robert Kennedy who became attorney general in 1961.

“We celebrate his life — his devotion to social justice, his advocacy of human rights, and his enduring loyalty to friends and family,” a statement said.

How CBS News Remembered Maya Angelou

When Maya Angelou died Wednesday, the CBS Evening News memorialized her with her own words.

Producers asked several people from around the country: from Secretory of State John Kerry, to a student from the Chicago School for the Arts; from actor and singer Billy Dee Williams, to a teacher from North Atlanta High School, to recite lines from Angelou’s poem “Caged Bird.” WATCH:

Former CBS News President David Burke Dies

DavidWBurkeFormer CBS News President David W. Burke has died at the age of 78, TVNewser has learned.

Burke served as CBS News chief from 1988-1990, overseeing the network’s coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the First Gulf War. He also suspended the late “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney for comments that offended homosexuals.

Before CBS, Burke  served as executive vice president at ABC News, where he helped lift the network to first place in the ratings while also building Peter Jennings into a major figure. At ABC, Burke oversaw the creation of “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and “20/20″ with Barbara Walters. Following his two tumultuous years at CBS News, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Burke, was ”an outsider in the most inside of institutions.”

Burke worked in politics before his time as a broadcast executive, as an aide to Senator Ted Kennedy and New York Governor Hugh Carey. Later in life, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the first chairman of Broadcasting Board of Governors, which today hands out an award in Burke’s name.

Peabody-Winning ’60 Minutes’ Producer Adrian ‘Clem’ Taylor has Died

ClemTaylorAdrian “Clem” Taylor, who won a Peabody Award for an uplifting “60 Minutes” story on an improbable orchestra in the heart of the Congo, died today. Taylor, 60, had been battling pancreatic cancer since last May and passed away at a hospital in Newark, NJ.

“Clem was a wonderful man, a great friend to so many of us, and a world-class producer,” said Jeff Fager, “60 Minutes” executive producer and the chairman of CBS News.

Taylor spent nearly twenty years at CBS News, in two different stints. He joined “60 Minutes” in 2010. In the late 1990s he was a senior producer for “The Early Show,” and before that, was a producer in the CBS bureaus in Washington and Dallas. Taylor worked the first decade of the 21st century at ABC News, where he produced for “Primetime Live,” “20/20,” and “What Would You Do?” He also spent two years at Fox News producing “Fox Files,” and also had stints at CNBC, ESPN and NPR.

NBC News Digital Pioneer Bert Medley Has Died

BertMedleyBert Medley, who started the “Today” show’s American Story in 1975, and who would later be one of the pioneers of digital media, died last night at the age of 69. Medley and “Today” correspondent Bob Dotson were a team for 9 years. It was Medley’s fascination with evolving broadcast technology that helped lay the groundwork for the digital media we have today.

In 1995 NBC was the first broadcaster to go online and one of the first news organizations to produce original journalism on the internet. The NBC Supernet, as it was called, was absorbed by the partnership between NBC News and Microsoft. Medley then directed news coverage for the new MSNBC.com. It was his final assignment at NBC, where he spent 33 years.

Medley died after a battle with cancer. His funeral service will be held at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan.

Joe McGinniss, Author of ‘The Selling of the President,’ Has Died

JoeMcGinnissAuthor Joe McGinniss has died.

McGinniss wrote the New York Times bestseller, “The Selling of the President,” an inside look at the 1968 presidential campaign of Richard Nixon and the team Nixon assembled to improve his image. On that team, a young Roger Ailes, now chairman of Fox News.

Ailes, who knew McGinniss for almost 50 years, said in a statement today: “Joe McGinniss will be remembered as a talented man. He changed political writing forever in 1968. We differed on many things, but he had a good heart. My prayers are with his family.”

Later, McGinniss wrote the true crime thriller “Fatal Vision.” The 1983 book was developed into a 1984 NBC mini-series. In 2011, he published “The Rogue,” a biography of Sarah Palin. During the writing of the book, McGinnis, in an effort to get a closer look at the 2008 GOP VP nominee, rented a house next door to Palin’s in Wasilla, Alaska.

McGinniss, 71, died Monday following complications related to prostate cancer.

Bill McLaughlin, Longtime CBS News Correspondent, Dies

47526_2_BMcLaughlinCBSm Bill McLaughlin, an award-winning diplomatic and foreign correspondent who headed bureaus in Germany and Lebanon for CBS News in the late 1960s and ‘70s died Friday morning. He was 76 and lived in France. McLaughlin died from cardiac arrest in a Connecticut hospital. He was visiting friends in the U.S.

McLaughlin’s television news career spanned 27 years, nearly all of it with CBS News; he left for two years in 1979 to report for NBC News at the United Nations.

McLaughlin joined CBS News as a reporter in 1966 in Paris. 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.

From 1983 to 1993, when he left CBS news, he was a State Department correspondent, and general assignment reporter in the Washington Bureau.

Besides his wife, the former Huguette Cord’homme, whom he met while on assignment in Paris, he also leaves behind a son, Liam, and daughter-in-law Joslyn, of New York City; a granddaughter and a stepson in Paris, Julien Bodard.

Garrick Utley Has Died

GarrickUtleyLongtime NBC Newsman Garrick Utley has died following a long battle with cancer.

Utley, who was 74, joined NBC News as a researcher in Europe for the Huntley-Brinkley Report. He would later become a foreign correspondent reporting from around the world.

“Garrick was the first of our generation to crack the starting line-up of NBC News in the glory days of Huntley-Brinkley,” Tom Brokaw writes in a note to his NBC News colleague. “He was NBC’s first Saigon bureau chief and, later, ran our London and Paris bureaus before returning home to anchor a weekly magazine show and serve as fill-in anchor for John Chancellor on ‘Nightly.’”

For a time, Utley also moderated “Meet the Press” and the Sunday “Today” show.

“Garrick embodied the history of NBC News for most of the latter half of the 20th Century and he will be greatly missed,” Brokaw writes.

He is survived by his wife Gertje, a brother Jonathon and sister-in-law Carol Marin, a longtime anchor and reporter at NBC station WMAQ.

(Photo: Syracuse University)

BBC Anchor Komla Dumor Has Died

komladumorBBC anchor Komla Dumor, a rising star of the World News network, has died from a heart attack.

Dumor, just 41 years old, anchored what would be his final newscast last night. Very active on Twitter and Facebook, Dumor was a presenter on the daily programs “World News” (airing at MidnightET) and “Focus on Africa,” a primetime program for African viewers broadcast worldwide.  Before those shows, he anchored the weekly business magazine “Africa Business Report.”

Dumor, who was born in Ghana, joined the BBC as a radio broadcaster in 2007 after a decade of journalism in Ghana.

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama wrote on Twitter that his country had “lost one of its finest ambassadors.”

BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks called Dumor “a leading light of African journalism.” Dumor’s sudden death has itself been news on the BBC today.

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