The Death of a Journalism Icon

Christopher Glenn died today. The veteran CBS News Radio anchorman was 68 years old, had retired early this year from the World News Roundup broadcast (the oldest continuous news broadcast in America), and had just last night been honored with yet another Edward R. Murrow Award for his fine work. You might have seen him on television a generation ago doing "In the News" or "What's it all About"-- series for young viewers. Or you might have heard his deep, graveled, chain-smoking voice coming out of your radio, day in and day out for 35 years. He was until today a living link to a bygone era of journalism.

On February 23, the day of his last World News Roundup broadcast, Chris said this on the air: "As this broadcast comes to a close, time for me to say farewell. I've been doing the work I love for nearly 50 years; honored to have done it at this great news gathering organization the last 35. But retirement beckons, and it's a wrap for me."

I last saw Chris this winter, just after he had announced his retirement but before he had left the network for good. He called me "Andy" and he told me with that grand old smile of his that he was looking forward to finally being able to sleep in a bit and take some time to enjoy life. He was able to do so for only six months. What a shame. I will remember that voice, and the way he would smile when he saw a friend, and the way he wrote and cared for his radio scripts. And I hope that when I finally call it a "wrap" on this career of mine that I will have had half the success, and made half of the friends and admirers, that Chris did. This was a truly good man who did truly good things.

By Andrew Cohen |  October 17, 2006; 5:17 PM ET
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I became interested in news and world events by listening to Christopher Glenn's voice on the "In The News" series. In recent years, it was always a pleasure to come across his familiar, comforting voice on the radio. I will miss him.

Posted by: John Hudson | October 18, 2006 11:50 AM

John, you took the words out of my mouth. I also enjoyed his work on "In The News." That may have been one of the reasons I studied journalism in college.

I spent many years going to work and hearing Mr. Glenn on the "World News Roundup." It was a bittersweet day when he announced his retirement. It's a very sad day after his passing.

Posted by: Gary Digital Williams | October 18, 2006 11:33 PM

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