Edwin Newman, Longtime NBC News Correspondent, Dead At 91
September 15, 2010 at 12:00 PM (PT)
EDWIN NEWMAN, the erudite newsman who reported and anchored for NBC NEWS on television and radio from 1952 through 1984, has died at 91. He died AUGUST 13th of pneumonia in OXFORD, ENGLAND, although his passing was not disclosed until TODAY, according to the ASSOCIATED PRESS.
NEWMAN started his news career at the old INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE and at UNITED PRESS, then, after serving in the NAVY during WORLD WAR II, rejoined UNITED PRESS before joining CBS NEWS as ERIC SEVAREID's writer. After a stint as a LONDON-based freelancer and a year working for the MARSHALL PLAN, NEWMAN joined NBC as LONDON correspondent in 1952, then as LONDON, ROME, and PARIS Bureau Chief. He moved back to his native NEW YORK CITY in 1961 as an anchor and reporter. In 1966, NEWMAN won a PEABODY AWARD for his work on NBC RADIO's "EMPHASIS."
A prolific writer, NEWMAN wrote several books and a column for KING FEATURES SYNDICATE. He also hosted "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE" twice and PBS' "CONGRESS: WE THE PEOPLE" in 1984, and appeared as the anchor of the television version of the satirical tabloid WEEKLY WORLD NEWS in 1996.