Barney Morris, a news anchor and reporter at television stations KTLA and KABC in Los Angeles for most of three decades, died of heart failure at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. March 15. He was 66.
He had been in failing health for some time, said his son, Bob Morris.
Born in New York City, Barney Morris spent most of his youth in Chicago and attended the University of Notre Dame.
His first job was in radio at a station in Monroe, Mich. After a number of other radio jobs in the Midwest he got his first television job at WXYZ in Detroit, where he anchored and reported on the city’s riots in 1968.
Morris first came to Los Angeles in 1970 for a news anchor job at KTLA-TV Channel 5. “He was one of the true treasures in Los Angeles broadcasting,” said Jeff Wald, news director at KTLA, who worked with Morris at the station in the early 1970s. “He was very well-liked and was fair in his treatment of the people he covered.”
He moved on to KABC-TV Channel 7 in 1972, co-anchoring its “Eyewitness News” for three years.
He took a news-anchoring job at the CBS affiliate in Philadelphia in 1975, moved to San Diego’s KFMB a year later and came back to Los Angeles and KABC in 1980, working until his retirement in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; eight children; and 17 grandchildren.