'60 Minutes' Producer Adrian 'Clem' Taylor Dead
60 Minutes producer Adrian "Clem" Taylor has died following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 60.
Taylor won eight Emmys over the course of his career, including one for his April 2012 60 Minutes segment, "Joy in the Congo," about the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra in the Congo's war-torn Kinshasa. The segment also won a Peabody Award in May 2013.
“Clem was a wonderful man, a great friend to so many of us, and a world-class producer, CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said in a statement, praising Taylor's last segment, about the men who staged the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY. “His most recent story was a classic and memorable 60 Minutes story that made him very proud, as it did the rest of us. We will miss him very much."
Taylor spent 20 years as a producer at CBS, the last four at 60 Minutes. He previously worked for ABC News, Fox News, CNBC and ESPN.
He was born Adrian Clemens Taylor on Jan. 27, 1954 in Doylestown, Pa., and started working as a journalist in high school, landing a paying job covering sports for the Doylestown Intelligencer. Taylor was also editor of Boston College's school newspaper The Heights. After graduating, he spent a year working for Pennsylvania Sen. Richard Schweiker on Capital Hill before beginning his career as a news producer.
Taylor, who died Friday at Beth Israel Medical Center, is survived by his wife Hilary, their daughter Lila and his son from a previous marriage, Adrian "Billy" Taylor. He is also survived by his mother Nancy, father Adrian, brother Brian and sister Deidre.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday at Temple Ner Tamid in Bloomfield, NJ. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations be made to St. John's Episcopal Church in Montclair, NJ or a charity of your choice.