Bruce Morton, Former CBS and CNN Newsman, Dies at 83

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He was a fixture on the Washington scene for more than four decades

Bruce Morton, the D.C.-based correspondent who spent nearly three decades with CBS and another 13 years with CNN, died Thursday at his home in Washington. He was 83.

As reported by TV Newser, CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced the death to staff, calling Morton “a modern day news poet.”

“All of us who worked with Bruce knew him to be a reporter’s reporter; a man who cared deeply about journalism, politics and people,” Feist said in his announcement. “Bruce could tell a story like no other, as he effortlessly weaved facts, emotion and history into every one of his news stories.”

A native of Norwalk, Conn., graduate of Harvard and U.S. Army veteran, Morton joined ABC News in London in 1962. He started two years later at CBS, where he worked as a congressional correspondent, anchored the CBS Morning News from 1974-77 and served as a commentator for the CBS Weekend News from 1990-93.

Morton departed CBS for a job as CNN’s Washington-based national correspondent in 1993. He delivered a weekly essay, “The Last Word,” on the network’s Sunday program Late Edition, and retired in 2006.

Morton was the recipient of six News and Documentary Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award.

Survivors include his son Alec and daughter Sarah, a former producer at CBS News.

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