Edward P. Morgan, a broadcast journalist and writer who reported for ABC, CBS and public television, died Jan. 27 of cancer at his home in McLean, Va. He was 82.
From 1955 to 1967, Morgan broadcast an evening radio program of news and commentary, “Edward P. Morgan and the News,” that won him the George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting’s top honor, in 1956.
Also in 1956, Morgan broadcast a memorable account of the collision of the ocean liners Andrea Doria and Stockholm off the Massachusetts coast, not telling listeners that his 14-year-old daughter had been aboard the Andrea Doria and was believed to have been killed.
The girl was discovered alive the next day, having been catapulted to a deck of the Stockholm when its bow knifed into her cabin.
A native of Walla Walla, Wash., Morgan began his news career with the Seattle Star in 1932. He worked in print journalism for two decades–for United Press, the Chicago Daily News and Collier’s Weekly–before joining CBS as a radio and TV reporter.
He retired as an ABC commentator and Newsday Syndicate columnist in 1975.
Survivors include his daughter and two stepdaughters.