Former NBC Newsman Bill Monroe Dies
February 17, 2011 at 3:23 PM (PT)
BILL MONROE, the newsman best known as the host of NBC's "MEET THE PRESS" and the network's WASHINGTON Bureau Chief, died THURSDAY from complications of hypertension in POTOMAC, MD at the age of 90.
MONROE worked at WNOE-A/NEW ORLEANS and the old NEW ORLEANS ITEM after WORLD WAR II before becoming News Director at WDSU-TV-A-F/NEW ORLEANS in 1954, where he was in charge when the station won a PEABODY Award in 1959. He joined NBC in 1961 and won a PEABODY in 1973. After retiring from NBC in 1986, MONROE worked at the WASHINGTON JOURNALISM REVIEW and at the PENTAGON as ombudsman for STARS AND STRIPES and editor of THE EARLY BIRD.