Wally Bruner

ABC News correspondent, host of 'What's My Line?'

Wally Bruner, a former ABC News correspondent and host of the television show “What’s My Line?,” died Nov. 3 of liver cancer in Indianapolis. He was 66.

In 1965, he became an ABC News correspondent, covering the White House, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic, where his reporting earned him a Peabody Award nomination.

A year later, Bruner became an anchor at WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., and from 1968-72 he was the host of CBS’ “What’s My Line?” — where blindfolded panelists quizzed mystery guests in hopes of guessing their identity.

During the early ’70s, he and wife Natalie produced and were hosts of one of television’s first home improvement programs. “Wally’s Workshop” was syndicated in 80 markets, running from 1971 to the mid-1980s.

Bruner was active in Democratic politics and served as West Coast news coordinator for former Sen. Eugene McCarthy’s ’68 presidential campaign.

In 1994 and 1996, he served as campaign manager for his wife’s unsuccessful runs for Indianapolis representative.

During the ’80s, Bruner taught broadcast journalism at Ball State U.

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