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Funeral Held For Sky News Camera Operator and ‘true warrior of television news’ Mick Deane

A funeral service for Sky News camera operator Mick Deane was held yesterday at the London Film Museum. Deane was shot and killed in Cairo, Egypt earlier this month, while covering the violence there between the security forces and Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

Sky News has more on the services.

Sky News presenter Jeremy Thompson described Mr Deane as “one of the warmest, kindest, bravest and funniest of all men.

He added: “Mick died as he lived – doing his level best. Doing his best to open the eyes of the world to injustice. Doing his best for his mates. Doing his best to get that story on air, whatever the pressures.

“He was, I think, a true warrior of television news.”

Bruce Dunning, Former CBS News Correspondent, Dies

Bruce Dunning, who retired in 2004 following a 35-year career at CBS News, died this afternoon at a Manhattan hospital from injuries suffered in a fall.

Around CBS, Dunning is best remembered for his award-winning and dramatic report on March 29, 1975 aboard a World Airways jet during the rescue of refugees from the airport in Da Nang, South Vietnam.

The five-and-a-half-minute report, in the final days of the Vietnam war, was broadcast on the “CBS Evening News” Saturday edition anchored by Dan Rather.

Dunning joined CBS News in July 1969 as a reporter/assignment editor in New York after working as a freelance reporter in Paris. He was posted to the Saigon Bureau in August 1970 and moved to the Tokyo bureau in 1972 covering the Asian region. He was one the first American broadcast journalists to report from North Korea.

In 1983, Dunning was named assistant bureau manager for CBS News Miami, covering the Southeast U.S. as well as Latin America. He returned to Asia ahead of the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Dunning, who was 73, began his journalism career in 1963 as a reporter and entertainment editor for the St. Petersburg Times. He is survived by his life partner, the artist Tetsunori Kawana. Since retiring from CBS, Dunning had worked as a manager and agent for artists.

Lew Wood, Former CBS News and ‘Today’ Show Anchor, Dies

Lew Wood, a former CBS News and NBC News reporter and anchor, has died. Wood, 84 died of kidney failure Thursday. Wood was a correspondent with CBS News when, in 1963, he covered a speech by Pres. John F. Kennedy in Ft. Worth, TX. A few hours later, Kennedy would be assassinated.

Wood moved on to NBC and, in 1975, replaced Frank Blair, an original member of the show. Wood anchored alsongside Barbara Walters and Jim Hartz as well as Gene Shalit. He would leave after a year and be replaced by Floyd Kalber.

After leaving “Today,” he worked in public relations.

“He was a workhorse, very steady and reliable, excellent reporter and had good on-camera presence,” former colleague Dan Rather told The Associated Press.

Sky News Camera Operator Mick Deane Killed in Egypt

Longtime Sky News camera operator Mick Deane was shot and killed in Cairo, Egypt this morning.

He was there with his team covering the violence in the capital city, as Egyptian security forces cleared public squares of supporters of ousted president Morsi. As noted by former CNN executive Eason Jordan, Deane was a camera operator for CNN based in Rome back in the 1980s.

“Mick was part of a Sky News team reporting on the disturbances in the city with Middle East Correspondent Sam Kiley when he was shot and wounded,” Sky News said in a statement. “Despite receiving medical treatment for his injuries, he died shortly afterwards.”

Sky News has more on Deane, here.

Over a hundred people are said to have been killed in the violence in the last 24 hours, including a few other journalists.

Egypt has become a dangerous place for reporters in recent months. A BBC correspondent was shot in the face by shotgun pellets in July, resulting in emergency surgery.

CNN’s Arwa Damon is also in Cairo covering the protests, and had to duck for cover during a report as automatic gunfire screamed past their location.

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Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel Remember John Palmer

On “Today” this morning, former anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley stopped by to remember John Palmer, the NBC News anchor and correspondent who passed away over the weekend at age 77.

“John was a gentleman with a capital “G,” he was gracious in every respect,” Gumbel said.

“I would love to have his legacy,” Pauley added.

John Palmer Has Died

Longtime NBC News correspondent and anchor John Palmer has died at the age of 77 after a “short, sudden illness”, the network reported tonight.

Calling Palmer a “dear colleague and friend”, NBC Nightly News weekend anchor Lester Holt described a journalist “many of you welcomed into your living rooms for a good many years…’Been there, done that’ only begins to describe John’s career. There was no one better in the trenches, and as a colleague, no one more liked.”

A Tennessee native, Palmer long served as a foreign correspondent for NBC News before moving over to the White House beat in 1979.  He went on to cover five presidents.  In 1982 he joined the Today show, where for seven years he was news anchor alongside hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel.

The veteran newsman left NBC News in 1990, rejoining the division four years later. In a 2008 interview, Palmer shared with TVNewser that it was Tim Russert who gave him that second chance.

Palmer met his wife Nancy at NBC News, and currently two of his daughters are division journalists.  One of them, Today producer Molly Palmer Cowan, married CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan last year. At the time of their engagement, a delighted Palmer told TVNewser that he and Nancy were “not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family, and a fine one he is!”

Update: The AP is reporting the cause of death as pulmonary fibrosis.

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Former ABC News And NBC News Correspondent Herb Kaplow Dies At 86

Former ABC News and NBC News correspondent Herb Kaplow has died at age 86.

Kaplow worked in the world of broadcasting for more than 40 years, beginning his career at NBC News, where he worked from 1951-1972. At NBC he reported on the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, which desegregated schools, and he had the first U.S. interview with Communist Cuban leader FIdel Castro after his guerrillas toppled the Batista regime. He joined ABC News in 1972, and retired from ABC in 1994.

“Throughout his career, he reported on 10 presidential campaigns, covered 19 presidential conventions, and traveled with Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to ABC staff.

“Kaplow was no nonsense, a supreme professional but also incredibly gracious to a young intern and later supportive and full of advice when I became the youngest member of the ABC team,” ABC News Radio White House correspondent Ann Compton recalled.

“NBC Nightly News” ran an obituary for Kaplow. Watch it below.
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Cokie Roberts Remembers Her Mother, Former Congresswoman and Vatican Ambassador Lindy Boggs

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, the mother of ABC’s Cokie Roberts, died today at her home in Chevy Chase, MD. She was 97. Boggs, who served nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband, also served as ambassador to the Vatican from 1997-2001.

Roberts’ parents, who had met in college, were “political partners for decades,” says Roberts. Lindy Boggs ran the political campaigns of her husband, Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. She then won his seat in 1973 after he died in a plane crash in Alaska.

Boggs, who was born on a plantation near New Orleans, announced her retirement from Congress in 1990. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, her home on Bourbon Street was damaged, as was the Lindy Boggs Medical Center, which was named in her honor a year earlier.

Roberts calls her mother “a trailblazer for women and the disadvantaged.”

Helen Thomas Has Died

Helen Thomas, who covered every president from Eisenhower to Obama, has died. Thomas, 92, was born in Kentucky to parents who were immigrants from Lebanon. Her first job in journalism was as a copygirl for the Washington Daily News. She joined United Press in 1943 where she would remain for 57 years. Early in her career, Thomas reported on women’s issues and would later cover federal agencies including the Department of Justice and the FBI. She began covering the White House following the election of John F. Kennedy, in the last days of the Eisenhower administration. She left UPI in 2000 and joined Hearst news service.

Thomas left Hearst, and the White House beat abruptly in 2010 following comments suggesting that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.”

Thomas had a front row seat — literally — at the White House, front and center in the briefing room. When she left the White House in 2010, Fox News got her front row seat, thanks in part from some lobbying by then-CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry, who is now with FNC.

In recent years, Thomas wrote for the Falls Church News-Press, contributing a weekly column until January, 2012. In its obituary, the paper says Thomas, “came out of a retirement induced by a cascade of criticism from her journalistic colleagues for off-hand comments she was recorded making that were taken out of context in June 2010.”

Jay Fahy, Attorney and MSNBC Legal Analyst, Found Dead

Jay Fahy, an attorney in private practice who was also an MSNBC legal analyst, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound tonight near his office in Rutherford, New Jersey. From the CliffviewPilot.com:

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli confirmed Fahy’s death, which he said was “the result of a single gunshot wound to the head, fired with a handgun.” Two men walking under a railroad trestle near the Castle Billiards Lounge found Fahy’s body around 5 o’clock tonight, barely 1,000 feet from his Route 17 office and down the street from his Ridge Road home, Molinelli said.

Fahy, a former prosecutor, specialized in white collar crime. Fahy was a longtime legal analyst for MSNBC. He appeared on the network in June discussing the George Zimmerman trial. He’s also contributed to CNBC and, as recently as three weeks ago, was on the news program “NJ Today.”

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