CBS News' Christopher Glenn Dies

CBS News correspondent Christopher Glenn CBS

Christopher Glenn, a CBS News correspondent for 35 years who anchored numerous programs and broadcasts including the 1986 coverage of the space shuttle Challenger explosion, has died of liver cancer at the age of 68.

Glenn, who retired in February and is to be inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame next month, died Tuesday at Norwalk Hospital near his home in Connecticut.

"For those of us in the radio news business," says CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, "Christopher Glenn was a titan. His journalistic acumen, his writing skill, his authoritativeness were unmatched. He set high standards for himself and his reporting - but he was also down to earth and had a great sense of humor. It was a milestone for me the first time I appeared in one of his hourly newscasts."

"One of my earliest and fondest recollections of Chris Glenn," says Knoller, "dates back to the late 60s and early 70s and his days as an anchor at WNEW radio in New York. He wrote and narrated a documentary about the rumor that Beatle Paul McCartney had died. It was skillfully written and cleverly produced and to this day, that documentary is a collector's item in the radio news business."

Most recently the anchor of CBS Radio's flagship newscast, The World News Roundup, the longest-running news program in broadcasting, Glenn once said he had "done just about everything there is to do, from producing to writing to reporting in the field and anchoring and writing inside."


In his own words: Christopher Glenn, in an interview last February, talked about in history, and, the thing that during his career at CBS.
Glenn brought his distinctive deep voice to WNR as anchor beginning in April 1999, after 11 years anchoring The World Tonight, the original CBS News evening broadcast which is now called World News Roundup Late Edition.

Glenn and WNR producer Paul Farry won a Radio Television News Directors Association award last year for Best Newscast.

What was his favorite role at CBS News?

"I would be hard-pressed to say. I've had a great deal of enjoyment from the jobs that took me into the field as a reporter, but I've also very much enjoyed being an anchor the last ten to fifteen years of my career," he told CBSNews.com upon his retirement.

In addition to two editions of the Roundup, Glenn also wrote and anchored several hourly newscasts each day.

Glenn produced, wrote and narrated the daily CBS Radio Network broadcast What's in the News since its inception in 1995. He also anchored and reported coverage of dozens of space shuttle missions, national political conventions and many other major news stories.

One of those space shuttle missions was particularly memorable, he said.

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