Larry LeSueur, a Peabody-winning radio pioneer journo, CBS correspondent and one of the World War II Murrow Boys, died Feb. 5 of Parkinson’s disease in Washington. He was 93.
A third-generation newsman, LeSueur, an NYU grad, began his journalism career in 1936 as a writer for the United Press in New York and, later, in Washington.
Shortly after WW II began, he was hired by CBS’ Edward R. Murrow as his assistant in London. In the series “London After Dark,” LeSueur, Murrow and Eric Sevareid reported on the nighttime sights and sounds of London during the Nazi Blitz.
On D-Day in 1944, LeSueur landed at Normandy with U.S. troops and was the first correspondent to broadcast from the American beachhead. He was made an honorary member of the 4th Division of the 8th Infantry and awarded the Medal of Freedom.
LeSueur reported the first news of the liberation of Paris, for which he was cited by the War Dept. for “outstanding and conspicuous service” and awarded the French Legion of Honor. He also covered the liberation of the Dachau and Manthauson concentration camps.
LeSueur later became CBS White House correspondent and covered the Paris Peace Conference. A year later, he began covering the United Nations. He won a Peabody in 1949 for his radio coverage of the U.N. session in Paris.
He left CBS in 1963 and worked for another 20 years as White House correspondent for the United States Information Agency’s Voice of America. He retired in 1984.
LeSueur was born in 1909, the son of a foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune; his grandfather was publisher of the Times in Tama, Iowa.
LeSueur is survived by his wife of 46 years, Dorothy; daughters, Lorna Vliet and Amy LeSueur Herrick; and three grandchildren.
A memorial service is to be held in Washington.