Former CBS News correspondent and bureau chief David Dick died yesterday of cancer at his home in his native Kentucky. He was 80.
Dick worked at CBS from 1966 to 1985, winning an Emmy for his coverage of the assassination attempt on then-presidential candidate George Wallace. Dick also served as South American bureau chief from 1978-1979.
After his years at CBS, Dick went on to become director of the University of Kentucky’s school of journalism. He also wrote several books, including one on his 17-year battle with prostate cancer.
Former CBS colleague Roger Mudd tells the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader that Dick “was an indefatigable reporter” who was “very, very modest…the television was almost secondary to his desire to get it right and to do it well.”