Calvin Jones

Calvin Jones, TV and PR exec who worked with the likes of Dan Rather and Ernie Kovacs, died of natural causes on July 8 in Katy, Texas. He was 74.

During WWII, the Pittsburgh native worked as a public relations specialist and combat correspondent for the armed services, covering the southwest Pacific region.

After the war, Jones moved to Philadelphia, where he worked for WPTZ-TV, directing the daytime show “Miss Susan,” starring Susan Peters. In Philadelphia, he also directed several early episodes of Ernie Kovacs’ shows. When Group W bought WPTZ-TV, Jones became a TV executive for Group W’s KYW Cleveland and KDKA Pittsburgh TV stations.

In 1959, Jones was promoted to director of programming and operations for KHOU-TV. During the outbreak of Hurricane Carla in 1961, Jones recruited then-radio reporter Dan Rather to cover the breaking TV news story. Jones’ work on the story won him a presidential citation for public service and helped boost Rather’s career.

Later, Jones founded his own PR agency.

Jones is survived by his wife, Toni, and three daughters.

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