Harold Dow Death
August 22, 2010 by Post Team
Harold Dow Death, Harold Dow has died unexpectedly.
The veteran CBS News correspondent died Saturday. He was 62.
Dow is survived by his wife, Kathy, and their three children, Danica, Joelle, and David.
His career spanned nearly 40 years CBS. A five-time winner of Emmy and a correspondent for 48 hours from the start of the program, Dow covers everything from the kidnapping of Patty Hearst to U.S. involvement in Bosnia.
A Peabody and Edward R. Murrow Award winning journalist Dow was the network news for OJ Simpson’s first interview after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. According to the press release announcing his death, CBS, Dow narrowly escaped one of the falling twin towers during its coverage of the terrorist attacks of 11 September.
When 48 Hours premiered as a television news series on CBS in 1988, took its name from the 1986 documentary 48 Hours on Crack Street. Dow work appeared in the documentary and was part of the series since its debut.
In a recent interview with his hometown newspaper, Hackensack, New Jersey, The Record, Dow spoke of his work:
“I’ve traveled all over the world. I’ve seen people a few things in life have the opportunity to see front and personal,” Dow said in his distinctive voice and deep. “I covered the tsunami in Sri Lanka. I was in South Africa when Nelson Mandela was released. I traveled with him across the United States when he gave his tour. There are only moments, places I’ve been that I think really changed my life. ”
Before joining CBS, Dow broke the color barrier in 1968 as the first African-American journalist in Omaha, Nebraska. It was a feat that earned Dow and the news director who hired him death threats.
Dow said the record of that being a black journalist wearing a special weight for him, a man who grew up picking cotton and snuff during the summers at her grandmother’s farm:
“To know what is in the sun, working from sunrise to sunset, forbidden to be able to read and write for hundreds of years. … And that’s what you do as a journalist, which means you can not do” said Dow. “Everything is connected to me.”
48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant Dow remembered as “incredibly funny, deep and careful, tough when he needed to, determined and not as a colleague, a friend.”
Van Sant tells Dow’s ability to score an exclusive:
During his career at CBS News, Harold has some huge exclusive. And it was not just be stories for him, it was stories that he has “in the style of the old school.”
When everyone wanted to interview O.J. Simpson, who was Harold who got his butt in the chair. When boxer Mike Tyson story was red hot, is Harold who received their first major interview. And back in the old days, when Patty Hearst, the daughter of a newspaper magnate and television, was kidnapped by a terrorist organization – and eventually joined the group – was Harold who received the highest interview in an exclusive Patty who helped build his career at CBS News.
In “48 Hours” Harold could do anything. I was amazed at his range. Harold could talk to one of the presidents of p**ps, murderers and charged rock stars. She loved her work, loved every minute of chasing the bad guys. He was 62 going on 25. In the last year, his profile of civil rights hero Medgar Evers won a major award. I’m serious when I say that was one of the best stories I’ve seen in the last five years.
CBS did not report the cause of death of Dow. He lived in Upper Saddle River, N.J.
WATCH: Harold Dow connects legacy Medgar Evers’ to the path of President Obama to the White House
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