Saturday, March 28, 2009

Journalism with a bow tie

I noticed a few minutes ago that journalist and long-time economics correspondent for NBC News Irving R. Levine has passed away from cancer. He was 86.

From Wikipedia:

"During his 35-year career, he reported from over two dozen countries, which led to him becoming the first foreign correspondent accredited in the Soviet Union (as a result of which he wrote three best-selling non-fiction books on life in the USSR).

Back in the U.S. he became the chief economics correspondent for NBC, and Time magazine described him as a "pioneer" in economics reporting on television. He became known for his distinctive TV sign-off, slightly stressing his middle initial.

Levine was famed for his impeccable grammar and diction leading to a self-mocking appearance on Saturday Night Live. He was also known for wearing bow ties when reporting on screen. He also appeared on Murphy Brown and on David Letterman and Jay Leno's shows.

After he retired from NBC in 1995, Levine became dean of Lynn University's School of International Communication in Boca Raton, Florida."

May he rest in peace.


Ruth said...

I remember hearing his name all the time growing up.

Your blog template looks great!

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