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Betty Ann Bowser

  • Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia
  • Birthday: August 19
Date of passing: 
March 16, 2018

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Betty Ann Bowser was an American journalist.

Bowser graduated from Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1962 and enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she joined the student newspaper. Pursuing a double major in English and journalism, Bowser graduated in 1966 and took a job at WAVY, a Norfolk-area TV station, and later moved to WTAR, a station in the same market, where she was a co-anchor of the news report.

Betty Ann Bowser was an American journalist.

Bowser graduated from Granby High School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1962 and enrolled at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she joined the student newspaper. Pursuing a double major in English and journalism, Bowser graduated in 1966 and took a job at WAVY, a Norfolk-area TV station, and later moved to WTAR, a station in the same market, where she was a co-anchor of the news report.

Bowser joined CBS News in 1974. She was in California shortly after President Richard M. Nixon resigned from the White House and received a tip that Nixon would be playing at a golf course near his residence in San Clemente. Nixon granted Bowser one of his first post-presidential interviews, leading CBS anchor Walter Cronkite to offer his congratulations in a telephone call.

In 1980 she became a host of 30 Minutes, a newsmagazine program aimed at teenagers. The program won some Daytime Emmys but was canceled in 1982 because of low ratings. Bowser left CBS in the mid-1980s, amid cutbacks at the network.

She began contributing to PBS NewsHour in 1988 and served as its health correspondent before retiring in 2013.

Bowser died March 16, 2018, in Ajijic, Mexico. She was 73.

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