'Nature' host

George Page, the creator and host of the long-running PBS series “Nature,” died of cancer June 28 in Equinunk, Pa. He was 71.

He was a journalist and broadcaster for more than 50 years, and was best known as the voice of the PBS wildlife series.

“Nature” debuted in 1982 and was consistently highly-rated. The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series, produced for public broadcasting by Thirteen/WNET in New York, will begin its 25th season this fall.

Page narrated every episode of “Nature,” nearly 300 overall, until retiring from television because of illness in 1998.

He went on to write the book “Inside the Animal Mind,” which was made into a three-part series by the same name and broadcast on “Nature” in January 2000.

Page worked for an NBC affiliate in Atlanta before joining NBC News, where he became a foreign correspondent and covered the Vietnam War.

He joined PBS in Washington in 1972 and was the director of science and natural history programming.

He is survived by his companion, Dennis De Stefano.

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