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Steve Sando, Formerly of CBS News, Dies

sando_12-29.jpgFormer CBS Newser Steve Sando died Tuesday at the age of 48. Sando, who lived in St. Paul, MN, had a number of health issues. He was hospitalized several weeks ago with problems relating to his heart and diabetes.

Most recently Sando was the broadcast technical manager for the 2008 Republican National Convention.

In 1990, Sando was named operations director of special events for CBS News. He later served as director of operations for London and all of Europe for the network and headed up CBS’ presidential election coverage in 1996.

After the jump, some reflections from TVNewsers on Sando’s passing…

EP of NBC News Specials Phil Alongi:

I was blessed to know Steve for many years. He was always a kind and considerate friend and his loss will be felt by all of us. I pray that he is at peace and wish the same for his family. Steve was a good man.

Former CBS News senior VP of news coverage Marcy McGinnis:

I have great fun memories of Steve Sando. We worked all over the world together (thanks to CBS). He lived in London and worked in the CBS bureau when I was there. He thought London was SOOO boring because pubs closed at 11p. He made me laugh…every time I saw him. Always teasing me about how tiny I was, he would hold his fist together like King Kong holding Fay Raye and say “I didn’t mean to kill her.” It never ceased to make me laugh. Larger than life, yes, with a heart to match. You’ll be missed, Sandman.

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