Former CBS News VP Edward Fouhy dies at 80

Edward Fouhy is seen in Washington, D.C., in this photo dated Aug. 13, 1978.

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Edward Fouhy, who led CBS News' Saigon bureau as the Vietnam War raged and went on to become vice president of the network's news division, died Wednesday, his family said.

Fouhy's daughter, Beth Fouhy, told The Associated Press that her father died from complications relating to cancer in Chatham, Massachusetts.

"He was one of those guys who made CBS News what it became," former CBS News correspondent Morton Dean said.

Starting as an associate producer for "The CBS Morning News" in 1966, Fouhy netted five Emmys, including one for his reporting on the Nixon administration, during his career. At CBS News, he was Saigon bureau chief, Los Angeles bureau chief and vice president for CBS News in Washington before becoming vice president and director of news in 1981.

Edward Fouhy, right, is seen with "CBS Evening News" anchor Walter Cronkite in Red Square in Moscow, Russia, in 1972.
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He worked for all three networks before serving as executive producer for the Commission on Presidential Debates and producing the 1988 and 1992 debates.

Fouhy served in the U.S. Marine Corps as an officer between 1956 and 1959 and was cited for leadership under combat conditions in Lebanon. He is survived by his wife, his sister and two children. executive editor Dan Woo contributed reporting.