Bill McLaughlin Dies: CBS News Veteran Dead at 76

Bill McLaughlin Headshot - P 2014

The TV journalist was known for his oversees reporting, including coverage of the Vietnam War and the terror attacks at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

Bill McLaughlin, a former diplomatic and foreign correspondent for CBS News, has died. He was 76.

McLaughlin spent most of his nearly 27 years in TV news with CBS. His assignments included heading up bureaus in Germany and Lebanon in the late '60s and '70s.

He joined CBS in 1966 as a reporter in Paris and quickly rose through the ranks after reporting in Europe, the Middle East, Cyprus and Athens. He was promoted to bureau chief in Bonn, Germany, in 1968 and held the position until covering the Vietnam War in 1969.

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Among his honors were an Overseas Press Club award for his coverage of the terror attacks during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, where the Palestinian Black September Group killed 11 Israeli athletes. He was also the reporter in the June 1974 CBS Reports: "The Palestinians," which won the Oversees Press Club's award for Best TV Documentary on World Affairs.

McLaughlin lived in France and died from cardiac arrest in a Waterbury, Conn., hospital. He was back in the United States visiting friends when he died.

He is survived by his wife, Huguette Cord'homme, whom he met while on assignment in CBS News' Paris bureau. He is also survived by his son, Liam, and his wife, Joslyn, of New York City; a granddaughter, Jolie, also of New York; and a stepson in Paris, Julien Bodard.