Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner

Date of Passing: May 11, 2022
Obituary: Deadline

Richard Wagner was an American television journalist.

During the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Wagner appeared frequently on CBS Evening News when Walter Cronkite and then Dan Rather were in the anchor chair.

Starting at CBS News in 1964, Wagner was based for a time in Saigon. He was among the correspondents who covered the war in Vietnam.

Richard Wagner was an American television journalist.

During the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Wagner appeared frequently on CBS Evening News when Walter Cronkite and then Dan Rather were in the anchor chair.

Starting at CBS News in 1964, Wagner was based for a time in Saigon. He was among the correspondents who covered the war in Vietnam.

He covered the troubles in Northern Ireland and the release of Nelson Mandela from prison. He reported extensively on events in Central America in the 1970s and 80s. In 1984, he was near El Suchitoto, El Salvador with Newsweek photographer John Hoagland when Hoagland was killed in a crossfire. Wagner won the Sigma Delta Chi award for his radio reporting on that day.

Wagner also won the Overseas Press Club Ben Grauer Award in 1987 for radio spot news reporting from abroad, as he covered the events in Baghdad that led to Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait and then the response of the U.S. and allies, Operation Desert Storm.

He covered Ayatollah Khomeini's return from exile to Iran in 1979, the aftermath of the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981, and the ouster of Ferdinand Marcos as leader of the Philippines in 1986.

Wagner covered national politics and other events, including the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island and the Challenger explosion. He became CBS News' first health and science correspondent, and won an Ohio State University Radio-Television award for a CBS Radio documentary on DNA. He left CBS News in 1993.

Wagner died May 11, 2022. He was 85.

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