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Broadcast Pioneer Robert McCormick Dead

September 6, 1985

NEW YORK (AP) _ Robert K. McCormick, a pioneer newscaster who appeared on NBC’s first nightly television news program, has died at the age of 74.

McCormick died Wednesday after undergoing surgery for lung cancer here.

He appeared on the Camel News Caravan in 1949 with John Cameron Swayze, reporting from Washington. The program, which originated in New York, was the network’s first nightly television newscast.

Two years later, he was assigned to Germany, where he organized and headed news bureaus in Frankfurt and Bonn. The man he recommended as his successor in Washington was David Brinkley.

McCormick also covered many political conventions for NBC, notably the 1948 Democratic and Republican gatherings, the first to be covered by television.

He began his career as a copy boy on the old Washington Daily News. After serving as city editor, sports editor and columnist he joined Colliers magazine as Washington correspondent.

McCormick covered the war in the central Pacific for NBC Radio, including the conquest of Iwo Jima. He later covered the State Department, retiring in 1976.

Survivors include two daughters and four grandchildren.

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