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Eric Engberg

  • Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois
  • Birthday: September 18
Date of passing: 
March 27, 2016

Eric Engberg was a CBS News correspondent best known for appearing on the CBS Evening News for 26 years. He hosted the segment “Reality Check,” which began during the 1992 presidential campaign as a way to verify candidates’ statements.

He spent most of his career in CBS’s Washington bureau, where he covered five presidential campaigns and multiple international, headline-grabbing events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also appeared on several other CBS News programs, including 48 Hours.

A native of Highland Park, Illinois, Engberg got his start at a local radio station before graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. In 1968, he moved on to become a radio reporter and newscaster for WTOP in Washington, where he quickly became the public affairs director and then news director of WMAL-TV. Then he joined the New York bureau of CBS News in 1975, before returning to Washington in 1981.

Eric Engberg was a CBS News correspondent best known for appearing on the CBS Evening News for 26 years. He hosted the segment “Reality Check,” which began during the 1992 presidential campaign as a way to verify candidates’ statements.

He spent most of his career in CBS’s Washington bureau, where he covered five presidential campaigns and multiple international, headline-grabbing events, such as the fall of the Berlin Wall. He also appeared on several other CBS News programs, including 48 Hours.

A native of Highland Park, Illinois, Engberg got his start at a local radio station before graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri. In 1968, he moved on to become a radio reporter and newscaster for WTOP in Washington, where he quickly became the public affairs director and then news director of WMAL-TV. Then he joined the New York bureau of CBS News in 1975, before returning to Washington in 1981.

In 1998, he won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton Award for an investigative report that helped identify the body of a Vietnam War veteran buried at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery.

Engberg died March 27, 2016, in Palmetto, Florida. He was 74.

 

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