Newsman Ivan Scott, 78; Worked in Radio, TV

Ivan Scott, who was trained by CBS News legend Edward R. Murrow, was a military affairs and national security correspondent.
Ivan Scott, who was trained by CBS News legend Edward R. Murrow, was a military affairs and national security correspondent. (By Todd Cross -- The Washington Post)
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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Ivan Scott, 78, a broadcaster who covered the Pentagon for WTOP radio and was a respected public affairs executive, died March 10 of a brain tumor at George Washington University Hospital. He was a Washington resident.

Since July 2006, he had been public affairs liaison for the Civilian Personnel Policy division of the Department of Defense.

Mr. Scott's distinctive baritone voice was heard for more than 20 years as military affairs and national security correspondent for a group of radio and television stations, including WTOP (103.5 FM) in the District. He was also on the air in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and St. Louis.

He was a news broadcaster for radio and television stations in Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and the District, and he hosted news-talks programs at KABC (790 AM) in Los Angeles and WRC radio in the District. Mr. Scott, who traveled the world over, had been a correspondent and anchor for ABC and Mutual.

Mr. Scott, who described himself as a newsman, spoke with a "stentorian voice of authority," John Gizzi, the political editor of Human Events, said in an online column this month.

"Although Ivan Scott's name might not be as familiar as, say Walter Cronkite or Daniel Schorr, (he was, along with them, one of the three surviving 'boys' brought into CBS News and trained by Edward R. Murrow) his magnificent speaking voice commanded instant recognition," Gizzi wrote.

Mr. Scott was a native of the District and a graduate of Princeton University. He was a Korean War veteran and served in the Air Force and Merchant Marine.

Before his broadcasting career, Mr. Scott held key executive positions with industry and government. He served as an assistant chief of information for the Navy and later as director of communications for the Federal Transit Administration.

He was a vice president with the public relations firm of Hill and Knowlton; administrator of the Interior Department's "Johnny Horizon" environmental program; and director of public and congressional affairs for the Navy's Military Sealift Command. Mr. Scott also served as a consultant to the departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy and Health and Human Services.

He wrote articles for the Los Angeles Times, the U.S. Naval Institute, Washingtonian, the Homeland Defense Journal and several government publications. He was a member of the National Press Club and White House Correspondents' Association.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sarah Rivera Scott of the District; two daughters, Theresa Ann Scott of Los Angeles and Margarita Scott Lemax of McHenry, Md.; and four grandchildren.

-- Yvonne Shinhoster Lamb

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