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Harold Dow

August 22, 2010 by staff 

Harold Dow, Emmy Winner, CBS News correspondent Harold Dow, who helped shape the documentary program “48 Hours” and referred to the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst and the attacks of September 11, has died. He was 62.

Dow died suddenly on Saturday morning in New Jersey, network spokeswoman Louise Bashi said. He lived in Hackensack, but was not immediately clear if he had been home.

Dow had been a correspondent for “48 Hours” since 1990. His 40 years with the network and its affiliates also include reporting for “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” and “CBS News Sunday Morning.”

A “48 Hours” report on fugitive earned him a George Foster Peabody Award. He also won five Emmys, including coverage for the work of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and the movement of U.S. troops in Bosnia in 1996.

“Insatiably curious, was the happiest when he was on the road deep into a story,” Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of “48 Hours Mystery,” he said in a statement. “It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews that really defines the greatness of his work. He was the most generous man I ever knew.”

Dow fell an exclusive interview with the Hearst kidnapping victim in December 1976 and was the first network interview with OJ Simpson after the 1994 murder of his ex-wife. Narrowly escaped one of the twin towers fell on September 11, 2001, the network said.

Dow was a contributor to “48 Hours on Crack Street”, the documentary of 1986, which led to the creation of the weekly “48 Hours”. Before that, he had been co-anchor of “CBS News Nightwtch” and CBS correspondent and reporter in the press office of Los Angeles. He began his career with the network as a broadcast partner in 1972.

As co-host and presenter of the talk show KETV in Omaha, Nebraska, was the first television reporter African-American in that city.

His wife, Kathy, and their three children survive him.

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