Veteran CBS News correspondent Harold Dow died today at the age of 62.
A network news release describes Dow’s passing this morning as sudden.
A five-time Emmy winner and recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award and an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, Dow had reported for 48 Hours since its 1988 premiere. During his nearly four decades at CBS, he also reported for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and for CBS Sunday Morning, among other programs.
“CBS News is deeply saddened by this sudden loss,” CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus said in a statement. “The CBS News family has lost one of its oldest and most talented members, whose absence will be felt by many and whose on-air presence and reporting skills touched nearly all of our broadcasts. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife Kathy and their children Joelle, Danica and David.”
“It is a tremendous loss for 48 Hours, CBS News and the world of journalism,” said 48 Hours Mystery Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky. “I deeply miss him already.”
Prior to joining CBS, Dow worked in local TV and radio. He held the distinction of being the first African American television reporter in the Omaha, Nebraska market when he was hired at KETV-TV in 1968.
• More: Sean McManus’ memo to staff, after the jump…