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Garrick Utley, 74, TV newsman

 Garrick Utley,  former TV journalist.  On Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, NBC News said the veteran reporter had died of cancer.  (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
Garrick Utley, former TV journalist. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, NBC News said the veteran reporter had died of cancer. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK - Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley, 74, whose career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, has died of cancer, NBC said Friday.

Mr. Utley began at NBC News in 1963. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated Meet the Press.

In between, Mr. Utley anchored Weekend Today and the Sunday Nightly News, as well as two newsmagazines in two decades with four titles.

"I may have been the only person at NBC News who did every type of programming as host or anchor," he told the Associated Press in 1993.

That was shortly after he had left NBC to be chief foreign correspondent for ABC News. He reported for CNN from 1997 to 2002.

In recent years, he was a senior fellow and professor of broadcasting and journalism at the State University of New York, Oswego.

 "Garrick was the first of our generation to crack the starting lineup of NBC News in the glory days of 'Huntley-Brinkley,' " said former Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw.

Mr. Utley, who was born in Chicago in 1939, was the son of Clifton and Frayn Utley, two pioneering journalists on local TV as well as other Chicago media outlets.

He is survived by his wife, Gertje.

 

Frazier Moore Associated Press
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