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Edwin Newman, 1919-2010

by: Matt

Thu Sep 16, 2010 at 00:01:17 AM EDT


Longtime NBC News correspondent Edwin Newman died in August at the age of 91. (His death was just announced today).

Newman was a pioneer in political television news coverage, taking part in The Today Show and Meet the Press, hosting presidential debates in 1976 (the first debate since 1960, and which contained a 27-minute loss of sound) and 1984, and, of course, covering political conventions from 1960 to 1984. In 1968, with John Chancellor, Frank McGee and Sander Vanocur, the 4 were dubbed "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse", able to roam the convention floor and interview delegates live for the first time.

Newman was also a Broadway drama critic, took part in David Letterman's early-career morning show, played himself in numerous movies, hosted Saturday Night Live twice, and was an ongoing droll author on, and observer of, the English language.

He is survived by a wife and daughter.

 

"The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse": Chancellor, McGee, Newman and Vanocur (left-to-right)

Matt :: Edwin Newman, 1919-2010

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