Raymond J. White, journalist, dies at 79

February 27

Raymond J. White, a broadcast journalist who produced and coordinated television programs on political commentary, edited the Washington Journalism Review and headed the Fox News Washington bureau, died Feb. 14 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. He was 79.

The cause was leukemia, his wife, Barbara White, said.

Mr. White, a Chevy Chase resident, came to Washington in 1973 to work for Post-Newsweek Stations, a broadcasting company formerly owned by The Washington Post. While there, he won a regional Emmy Award as coordinating producer of a three-hour program on community problems in metropolitan Washington.

Later, he became producer of “Wall Street Week,” a weekly PBS program on finance and economics hosted by Louis Rukeyser. In 1979, Mr. White was named editor of the Washington Journalism Review, which is now called the American Journalism Review.

From 1984 to 1986, he was Washington bureau chief for Fox News.

Mr. White was an adjunct professor at American University, teaching courses in reporting, news and editorial writing from about 1985 to 1995.

Raymond John White was born in Warren, Ohio. He served in the Marine Corps and graduated from Syracuse University in upstate New York in 1961.

Before coming to Washington, he was a print and broadcast journalist in Syracuse; New York City; Scranton, Pa.; and Baltimore.

He received a Nieman fellowship to study at Harvard University in the 1970s.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Barbara Dubyak White of Chevy Chase; two daughters, Leslie Streeter of Boston and Georgia Bachman of Oakton, Va.; and three grandchildren.

— Bart Barnes