Harold Dow Dies Suddenly; 5 Things About the News Legend

Julie Ryan Evans

Harold DowHarold Dow, the long-time news correspondent for CBS News and 48 Hours, died suddenly earlier today of unknown causes. He was 62.

"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."

Here are five things you may not know about the long-time newsman who will be missed by so many:

1.       He began working for CBS in 1972.

2.       He won five Emmys during his career.

3.       He conducted the first TV interview with O.J. Simpson after Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were killed.

4.       He was nearly killed in 9/11 by one of the falling Twin Towers, and went on to provide coverage of the tragedy.

5.       He was the first African-American television reporter in Omaha, Neb.

"Harold Dow was a reporter for the ages. Insatiably curious, he was happiest when he was on the road deep into a story. He took pride in every story he did," said Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of 48 Hours Mystery, in a statement. "It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews, that truly defined the greatness of his work. He was the most selfless man I have known. It is a tremendous loss for '48 Hours,' CBS News and the world of journalism. I deeply miss him already."

RIP, Mr. Dow.

Image via cbsnews.com


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