Thursday, October 19, 2006
Christopher Glenn, 68, a longtime CBS news correspondent who anchored coverage of the space shuttle Challenger explosion and was the voice of the children's program "In the News" in the 1970s and '80s, died Oct. 17 in Norwalk (Conn.) Hospital. He had liver cancer.
The award-winning newsman retired in February after 35 years with CBS. He died less than three weeks before his induction into the Radio Hall of Fame, the network said.
His distinctive voice was familiar to those who remember the Emmy Award-winning "In the News." The 2 1/2 -minute feature on one topic was broadcast every half-hour during Saturday children's programming on CBS. It debuted in September 1971 and ran for 5,000 episodes over 13 seasons.
He anchored and reported on many national stories, including space shuttle missions, and served as a floor reporter at national political conventions.
Mr. Glenn anchored the Jan. 28, 1986, launch of the doomed shuttle Challenger and delivered an anguished commentary as the spacecraft exploded shortly after liftoff.
"This flight, which was to have been such a bright chapter in the history of the manned spaceflight program, turning in the flash of an instant into a terrible, terrible tragedy," he said.
He also became the anchor for the CBS "World News Roundup" in 1999 after spending 11 years in a similar capacity for "The World Tonight."
Mr. Glenn garnered many national awards, the latest last year, when he won the Radio Television News Directors' Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast.
Born in New York City, Mr. Glenn was raised in Irvington, N.Y. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1959.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne; two daughters; and a sister.