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Richard Threlkeld
Birth: Nov. 30, 1937
Cedar Rapids
Linn County
Iowa, USA
Death: Jan. 13, 2012
East Hampton
Suffolk County
New York, USA

Journalist, Author. Best known for his work with CBS News. Raised in Illinois, he attended Ripon College (Wisconsin), from where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History and later was educated at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, from where he earned his Master's degree in Journalism. He launched his broadcasting career at WHAS-TV in Louisville, Kentucky and returned to his place of birth, where he was a reporter at WMT-TV in Ceder Rapids. He began his association with CBS in 1966, serving as both a national and overseas correspondent, covering such historic events as Robert Kennedy's assassination, the Fall of Saigon (where he was one of the last journalists to be evacuated) and the peace resolution in the Middle East. He was a frequent contributor to both Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather's newscasts and from 1977 to 1979, he co-anchored the "CBS Morning News" with Leslie Stahl. In 1982 Threlkeld joined ABC and remained there until 1987, contributing to "World News Tonight". He returned to CBS in 1989 in time to report on the fall of Communism in Europe and the Persian Gulf War (1990 to 1991). In addition, he was a political analyst who covered the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan to name a few. During the course of his career, he was recipient of several Emmy Awards for his efforts. Following his retirement in 1999, he penned the book "Dispatches from the Former Evil Empire" (2001), which recounted his nearly three years of experience while serving as a Moscow correspondent. He was married to Betsy Aaron who was also a former correspondent with CBS. He died in an automobile accident. (bio by: C.S.) 
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Record added: Jan 13, 2012
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