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Veteran CBS News Correspondent Bruce Morton Dies at 83

By    |   Friday, 05 Sep 2014 07:07 PM

Veteran TV political correspondent Bruce Morton, who covered the Vietnam War and America's space program, died Friday at his home in Washington, D.C., CBS News announced.

He was 83.

Morton spent 29 years at CBS, winning six Emmy Awards. He reported on the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and covered the unrest in China's Tiananmen Square.

He also covered the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey, and was a key figure on the CBS News convention and election night teams.

In the 1988 presidential election year, his 146 appearances on CBS News television programs topped any other television news personality that year, CBS reported.

After leaving the network in 1993, he worked at CNN as a national correspondent before retiring in 2006.

"He loved politics and loved covering politicians," said his daughter, Sarah Morton, who also worked as a producer at CBS News. "He recognized that what politicians did had real effects on people's lives."

Morton attended most every political convention from 1960 to 2004, and was an original member of the famed "Boys on the Bus," referring to a book about life on the road for reporters covering the 1972 presidential election, CBS News said.

Morton was born in Norwalk, Conn., and grew up in Chicago. He got his start in the news business while still a student at Harvard College, doing radio newscasts for Boston's WORL.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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