Veteran CBS Newser Sanford Socolow Dead at 86

By Brian Flood 

SanfordSanford “Sandy” Socolow, who was Walter Conkite‘s trusted lieutenant for much of his career, has died at 86. Socolow died in NYC on Saturday night from complications after battling a long illness.

Socolow spent 30 years at CBS News, starting in 1956 as a writer on the morning news. He went on to hold several positions, including executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” and vice president of CBS News.

Socolow’s oversaw some of the biggest stories in television news history, including the moon landing in 1969, the Watergate scandal and the Vietnam War.