The Heartbreaking Death of CBS News Correspondent Richard Wagner
Richard Wagner, who spent decades as a CBS News correspondent, has died aged 85. Donna Lewis-Wagner, his wife, confirmed that he died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia and that no cause of death has been released publicly. Deadline† He is survived by his wife and their daughter, Kerry Wagner.
Wagner first became nationally known for his correspondence work during the Vietnam War. Based in Saigon on his first major foreign assignment, he helped the Americans bring first-hand news of the war directly to the Americans, something he said had never happened before. People† Other notable events Wagner helped report include the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 and the release of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990, via CBS News†
Before being a CBS correspondent, Wagner grew up in Boston. He later attended Georgetown University and received his degree from their School of Medicine, by deadline.
Richard Wagner was known for his work as a war correspondent
Richard Wagner started working for CBS News in 1964, and in his three decades working there, he covered more than 50 countries, per AdWeek† Much of his work has taken him to conflict zones, including Vietnam and Northern Ireland. In his work, Wagner often put his life on the line, and in 1984 he won the Sigma Delta Chi award for radio coverage after being on the ground in El Salvador after John Hoagland — the Newsweek photographer he was with — was shot. and killed .
Wagner also received the Overseas Press Club Ben Grauer Award in 1987 for his radio coverage of Saddam Hussein before the 1990 invasion of Kuwait, triggering the US response – Operation Desert Storm, per People† Another notable international event that Wagner helped report on was the release of South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990, via CBS News† And while in the US, he also covered major events, including the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear accident.
Wagner was a familiar face in the news for years, and he will certainly be missed.
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