John Palmer Dies; NBC News Veteran Was 77
byFree Britneyat August 5, 2013 5:50 am
John Palmer, a veteran reporter for NBC News for more than 40 years (1962-2002), died Saturday after a brief illness ata Washington hospital.Palmer's wife Nancy confirmed he died of pulmonary fibrosis at age 77.The gentlemanlyPalmer worked for NBCfrom 1962 to 1990, co-anchoring
from 1982-1989, then returned to thenetwork from 1994 until 2002.NBC News said in a statement:"John was a brilliant, brave, tireless journalist who guided viewers through many of the most significant events of thepast half-century - from the early days of the civil rights movement through the tragedy of 9/11.""He covered five presidents and traveled to every corner of the world, always showing the empathy and compassion thathelped set him apart. His kindness is remembered by all of us.""He built lasting bonds throughout our news division. "In 1980 he landed one of his biggest scoops, breaking the news of the Carter administration's failed attempt to rescuethe American hostages being held in Iran.He won the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage, making him the firstbroadcast journalist to receive that honor.