John Aubuchon, a reporter for Maryland Public Television and immediate past president of the National Press Club, died Wednesday at a Washington, D.C., hospital of complications from lung cancer. He was 57.
During his 30-year career in journalism, Aubuchon covered the Vietnam War, the White House, Maryland state government and other politics.
Before joining public television, he worked as a deejay at WYRE-AM radio in Annapolis, then as a reporter for WTOP-AM in Washington and for UPI Radio, and made on-air appearances on WJLA-TV in Washington.
He also worked in the Washington bureau of CNN Newsource, Tribune Broadcasting and the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service.
He was immediate past president of the National Press Club and was the organization’s Press Freedom chairman at the time of his death.
He was the recipient of the 2002 Ted Yates Award given by the Washington-Baltimore chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences to the individual who best demonstrates outstanding professional and personal qualities in television news or public affairs in the capital region.
He is survived by wife Akemi, two children and three grandchildren.