Fred Briggs

Fred Briggs, an Emmy Award-winning news correspondent for NBC for 29 years, died of cancer Feb. 2 in Boston, where he had been assigned since 1983. He was 63.

“He was a consummate professional” with a keen eye for a story, love of language and droll manner, said NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.

During his long career, Briggs’ assignments ranged from covering riots in Detroit to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

He started with the network in Cleveland in 1966 after five years with WSB-TV in Atlanta as a reporter and anchor.

He won an Emmy in 1969 for reporting on coal miners’ black lung disease and received Emmy nominations in 1984 for coverage of black college students and in 1989 for Hurricane Hugo reporting.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and a son, Lowell.

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