Larry LaMotte

Former CNN bureau chief

Former CNN bureau chief Larry LaMotte was one of five people who drowned Sunday June 8 during riptides off Florida Panhandle beaches. He was 60.

A person who tried to save him, Ken Brindley, of Conway, Ark., was in critical condition.

LaMotte, who had lived in Atlanta and was vacationing with his family, joined CNN in 1980 and had served during his 20 there served as the cable network’s first bureau chief in Dallas and later in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. He also was a national correspondent in Atlanta.

Subsequently he became a professional life coach and was moderator of WebMD’s “Coaching for Life” message board. According to WebMD’s Web site, his clients include folks from all walks of life including singers, journalists and others.

It noted he won more than 50 national awards for reporting excellence.

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