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Former Today news anchor Lew Wood dies at 84

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LOS ANGELES -- Lew Wood, a veteran broadcast journalist who covered the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy for CBS and later anchored the news report for NBC's Today show, has died at age 84.

Wood's daughter, Brigitte Wood, says her father died Wednesday at a hospice in Riverside County.

Wood began his career in radio in 1952 at WDZ-AM in Decatur, Ill.

He transitioned to TV the following year, working as a reporter-cameraman and anchoring the evening news for a fledgling TV station in South Bend, Ind.

As a correspondent for CBS in the 1960s, Wood covered the Civil Rights movement and was part of the news team in Dallas to report on Kennedy's visit when the president was killed.

He became Today's news anchor in 1975.


-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 23, 2013 D2

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