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Longtime Tampa Anchor Dies At 63

In Florida, NBC, Obits, Tampa-St. Petersburg on May 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Bill Ratliff (Courtesy: Tampa Bay Times)

Former WFLA-TV morning anchor and managing editor Bill Ratliff has died.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the 37-year broadcast journalism veteran passed away Tuesday, May 8, after complications from surgery.

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Longtime Tennessee TV and Radio Personality Betty Mac Dies

In CBS, Chattanooga, Obits, Tennessee on February 24, 2012 at 5:43 am

Betty "Mac" McCullough Thomas in 1964 (Courtesy: WRCB)

If you grew up in the Chattanooga, Tenn., area from the 1950s through the 1980s, chances are you either saw or heard longtime news and radio personality Betty “Mac” McCullough Thomas.

She died Tuesday at the age of 84.

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South Alabama Station’s General Manager Dies Unexpectedly

In Alabama, Florida, Mobile-Pensacola, NBC, Obits on February 9, 2012 at 6:55 am

Bob Dunn (Courtesy: WPMI)

Vice president and general manager Bob Dunn, who began working for the Mobile, Ala., NBC affiliate WPMI-TV less than a year ago, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon.

TVNewser reports the cause of death has not yet been released.

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Memorial Fund Established for TV Reporter Ken Ward

In ABC, Florida, Obits, Tampa-St. Petersburg on January 17, 2012 at 12:45 am

Ken Ward (Courtesy: Facebook)

For the last six days, people have had the chance to donate to a memorial fund in honor of former WSOC-TV reporter Ken Ward, whose sudden death earlier this month still raises questions from authorities.

Ward would have started at the Tampa, Fla., ABC affiliate WFTS-TV just days later.

Qcitymetro reports Ward’s family set up the fund at Wells Fargo Bank. The money raised will go toward paying funeral expenses and memorial fees, among other things.

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Cause of Death Undetermined for Reporter Between Jobs

In ABC, Florida, Obits, Tampa-St. Petersburg on January 8, 2012 at 2:08 am

Ken Ward (Courtesy: Facebook)

Four days before reporter Ken Ward was scheduled to start a job in Tampa, Fla,, his body was found by authorities in his apartment, according to the International Business Times.

Ward had just finished his contract with the Charlotte, N.C.-based ABC affiliate WSOC-TV, and was scheduled to drive to Tampa and start his job at another ABC affiliate, WFTS-TV, last week.

But what caused his abrupt death?

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Longtime Nashville Weatherman Dies After Sudden Illness

In Nashville, NBC, Obits, Tennessee, Weather on December 25, 2011 at 1:46 am
Bill Hall Dies

Bill Hall (Courtesy: WSMV)

Well-known Nashville weatherman Bill Hall died earlier this week at the age of 65, the Daily News Journal reports.

Hall, who worked for NBC affiliate WSMV-TV for 31 years, became popular with his viewers through his calming voice and quirky sense of humor.

He started at the station as a weather reporter in 1974, moving up the ranks quickly. Despite a brief stint as a weekend news anchor in 1976, he became chief forecaster a year later.

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Former “Meet the Press” Moderator, New Orleans Journalist Dies

In Louisiana, NBC, New Orleans, Obits on February 18, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Bill Monroe (Courtesy: WWL-TV)

Bill Monroe, the Big Easy’s first news director  who later went on to work for NBC in Washington, D.C., died Thursday at the age of 90.

Monroe worked in radio and print journalism before making the jump to television, but did so without any previous experience. “It was the kind of thing that happened in those days,” Monroe told WWL-TV in a 1999 interview.

He was hired as WDSU-TV’s news director shortly after the station began broadcasting.

From WWL-TV:

His role as a pioneer in local television news was lauded by the Times-Picayune in a 1998 article: “What Murrow was to network TV, Monroe was to New Orleans TV: the journalistic standard-setter for generations of broadcasters.”

Monroe led WDSU’s early news staff as it covered the tumultuous times of the 1950s and 1960s, most notably through the period of school desegregation. Through weekly editorials, written and delivered by Monroe, the station stressed the importance of integrating New Orleans public schools, an unpopular stance at the time.

In later years, he became a Washington correspondent for NBC news and more famously as a producer/moderator of “Meet the Press.”

Services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Cosmos Club in Washington, D.C.

Popular Alabama Broadcaster Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

In Alabama, Birmingham, CBS, FOX, Obits on February 16, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Paulette Miller (Courtesy: WBRC)

Well-known Alabama broadcaster Paulette Miller died Monday at WHOG-AM, where she worked as the news director.

The 53-year-old journalist apparently died of a heart attack, according to the coroner.

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Jury Selection Begins Today for Man Accused of Killing KATV Anchor

In ABC, Arkansas, Little Rock-Pine Bluff, Obits on February 1, 2011 at 4:01 am

Anne Pressly

The man convicted of beating, raping and murdering KATV anchorwoman Anne Pressly in 2008 will go to trial soon.

Curtis Lavelle Vance was convicted of capital murder in 2009 for raping a teacher in east Arkansas; once his DNA was in the system, investigators discovered a match in the Pressly case as well.

From the Log Cabin Democrat:

Prosecutors sought the death penalty for Vance for the Pressly killing, but jurors opted for a sentence of life in prison without parole after listening to penalty phase testimony about Vance being abused as a boy by his drug-addicted prostitute mother and about his devotion to members of his family, including his three children.

Vance, 30, was linked to Pressly’s killing by a single hair that was found in her bedding at her Little Rock home. He has appealed his conviction, arguing among other things that the evidence from the Marianna rape case should not have been allowed at trial. Vance had emerged as a suspect in the Marianna case even before DNA samples from the victim were analyzed.

The teacher’s testimony was a key part of Vance’s capital murder trial in Little Rock. The victim described how her attacker, whom she did not see, entered her home and assaulted her, threatening her if she dared to look at him. There were similarities in the way the women were brutalized, which prosecutors highlighted for jurors.

Some legal experts have speculated Vance may get the death penalty this time around.