Journalist Richard Wald dies at 92

Politico reports that Richard Wald, the journalist known for helping to build ABC News, has died at the age of 92. 

The news of Wald’s passing was announced by his son Jonathan Wald, who is also a member of the news industry.

According to the younger Wald, his father suffered a stroke last weekend, either on Sunday night or Monday morning. Subsequently, Wald was taken to the hospital in New Rochelle, New York. But, he never did regain consciousness.

Jonathan Wald said that his father passed away on Friday.

Remembering Wald

Wald’s career as a journalist started off in newspapers. But, in the late 1960s, he decided to join NBC News. “I didn’t leave newspapers. Newspapers left me,” Wald would tell people when asked about his decision.

During a period from 1973 to 1977, Wald was NBC News’s president. But, he and his bosses didn’t get along, and Wald ended up being forced out of NBC.

This led to Wald joining ABC News, where he worked alongside Roone Arledge. Wald ended up helping to transform ABC News into one of the top news programs with a lineup that included Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, Ted Koppel, and Barbara Walters, among others.

Wald would remain with ABC News until 1999 when he decided to retire. After that, he taught journalism at his alma mater, Columbia University, and he served on the boards of the Pulitzer Prizes, DuPont-Columbia, and Peabody awards.

“One of the giants”

Following the news of Wald’s passing, Koppel participated in an interview in which he spoke about the kind of person that Wald was.

“He was one of the giants of the industry of journalism,” Koppel said. “When you consider everything he did over the years — whether we’re talking about NBC, ABC, and ultimately Columbia — I don’t think you’ll find many of us quite like him.”

Jonathan Wald also provided a tribute to his father saying, “he loved world events, big stories, and small. He loved details and getting it right.”

Wald is survived by his three children and seven grandchildren. His wife of 67 years, Edith Wald, had just passed away in December.

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