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Longtime NBC news correspondent John Palmer dies

August 3, 2013 • Entertainment, National News


FILE – In this Jan. 12, 2012 file photo, John Palmer attends the “Today” show 60th anniversary celebration at the Edison Ballroom in New York. Palmer, a veteran reporter for NBC News over a span of 40 years, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at George Washington University Hospital of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 77. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Palmer, a veteran reporter for NBC News who covered wars and Washington over a career that spanned 40 years, died Saturday after a brief illness at a Washington hospital.

Palmer’s wife Nancy confirmed he died at George Washington University Hospital of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 77.

The gentlemanly Palmer worked for NBC from 1962 to 1990, and then returned to the network from 1994 until 2002.

“John was a brilliant, brave, and tireless journalist who guided viewers through many of the most significant events of the past half-century – from the early days of the civil rights movement through the tragedy of 9/11,” NBC News said in a statement. “He covered five presidents and traveled to every corner of the world, always showing the empathy and compassion that helped set him apart. Login to read more

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