Marya McLaughlin, 68, a longtime CBS News radio and television correspondent who was one of the network's first female reporters, died of respiratory failure Sept. 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She had meningitis.

In the 1960s, Ms. McLaughlin, NBC's Nancy Dickerson and ABC's Marlene Sanders were among the first women to have major on-air roles in network television news.

One of Ms. McLaughlin's initial reports in the mid-1960s was a story on the wives of the Gemini 4 astronauts. She did stories on the families of Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon, including first family weddings.

In 1971, Ms. McLaughlin was promoted from general assignment reporter to news correspondent. Her assignments included Capitol Hill, politics, politicians and Watergate.

She appeared on "CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite," "Face the Nation" and "CBS Morning News." She was a frequent contributor to the radio programs "Washington Week," "World of Religion," "Byline" and "Capitol Cloakroom." She retired in 1988.

Ms. McLaughlin, who lived in Washington, was born in Baltimore and raised in Alexandria. She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Alexandria and Marymount College in Tarrytown, N.Y., where she majored in political science and economics.

In the 1950s, Ms. McLaughlin taught math at Marymount College in Arlington and then took a temporary secretarial position at CBS News in Washington, joining her sister, Patricia Morgan, who was then a CBS News researcher. Ms. McLaughlin soon left to work for the NBC evening newscast "Huntley-Brinkley Report" as a researcher and assistant. She was later a researcher for the BBC and returned to CBS in 1963 as an associate producer. Her interests included antiques.

Survivors include her sister, of Bethesda.