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 John Holliman

John Holliman

Birth
Thomaston, Upson County, Georgia, USA
Death 12 Sep 1998 (aged 49)
Gwinnett County, Georgia, USA
Burial Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 22374 · View Source
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Journalist. Born in Thomaston, Georgia, he earned a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, and entered a job as news director for WGAU-AM in Athens, Georgia. He then moved to Washington, DC, where he worked as the agricultural editor for Associated Press in addition to covering the White House. He received the 1976 Peabody Award for his documentary "The Garden Plot–Food as a Weapon in International Diplomacy." In 1980 he joined CNN as part of the network's original field reporter crew and was the first correspondent hired for the Washington, DC, bureau. In June 1989, he covered the student uprising in Tienanmen Square, China. He was one of only three journalists reporting from Baghdad in January 1991 when the allied air attack began on Iraq's capital during the Gulf War. Dubbed 'the boys of Baghdad' he and his colleagues won a National Headliner Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, and a Golden Microphone Award. He then served as the Atlanta-based national correspondent for CNN. One of his beats was the coverage of space exploration, and he was the lead reporter for the Pathfinder mission to Mars in the summer of 1997. He was slated to co-anchor the coverage of John Glenn's return to space but when he was driving near his home in Snellville, Georgia, he apparently tried to pass another car in a no-passing zone and hit a pickup truck head-on. He died instantly; there was no indication of alcohol use or excessive speed. Asteroid 1989 HG has been redesignated Asteroid 6711 Holliman in his memory.

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  • Added: 17 May 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 22374
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Holliman (23 Oct 1948–12 Sep 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22374, citing Elmwood Cemetery, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, West Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .