James W. Kennedy

TV producer and writer

TV producer and writer James Walden “Jim” Kennedy, died of liver cancer Oct. 5 in Palo Alto, Calif. He was 65.

Kennedy attended Denison U. in Ohio and UCLA film school, and started his career as an independent producer, writer and editor.

He joined KCBS-TV in 1979 as a producer and writer for the news department’s special projects and investigative unit, and later became exec producer of the station’s documentary and public affairs unit.

Kennedy moved to KCET-TV, Los Angeles’ PBS outlet, in 1986 as director of news and current affairs. He became executive producer of two new public affairs shows: “7:30” and “California Stories.”

When “Life & Times” was launched in 1992, Kennedy served as its executive producer.

Kennedy won half a dozen Emmys for public affairs programs and in 1982 shared a Columbia-Dupont Journalism Award for his work in the KCBS investigations unit.

In 1990, Kennedy became the publisher and managing editor for Clover Park Press, a small publishing company he started with his former wife. He later moved to Northern California and became a hospice counselor on death and dying.

Kennedy is survived by his wife Suzanne; a daughter; two sons; a stepdaughter; his mother; two sisters and two grandchildren.

Donations may be made to the Friends of Liberia, 4300 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C., 20011, or to Pathways Home Health & Hospice, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085.

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