Veteran CBS, CNN newsman Bruce Morton dies at 83

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Posted: Sep 05, 2014 4:42 PM
Veteran CBS, CNN newsman Bruce Morton dies at 83

NEW YORK (AP) — Veteran TV political correspondent Bruce Morton, who covered the Vietnam War and the United States' space program, died Friday in Washington, D.C., at age 83.

He died from cancer at his home, CBS News said.

Morton spent 29 years at CBS, winning six Emmy Awards. He reported on the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and covered the unrest in China's Tiananmen Square in 1989.

He covered the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey. He was a key figure on the CBS News convention and election night teams, and in 1988, a presidential election year, his 146 appearances on CBS News television programs were the most for any TV news personality that year.

Morton joined CBS News as a reporter in the Washington bureau in 1964 and was elevated to correspondent in 1966. He left CBS to join CNN in 1993. He retired in 2006.

He was born in Norwalk, Connecticut, and grew up in Chicago. He got his start in the news business while still a student at Harvard College, doing radio newscasts for Boston's WORL.