Bill Beutel, Emmy-winning television news anchor and host of the show that became ABC’s “Good Morning America,” died Saturday in Pinehurst, N.C. He was 75.
Beutel’s trademark signoff, “Good luck and be well,” closed WABC’s nightly local newscast for more than 30 years.
In 1975, he hosted “AM America,” the network’s national morning news show. He won several Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.
He began as a radio reporter in his hometown of Cleveland. He started working in TV in 1962 and appeared as a reporter for ABC national news and as an anchor for the local evening newscast.
After a stint as ABC’s London bureau chief, where he worked with Peter Jennings, Beutel returned to New York to run the local anchor desk in 1970. He stepped down in 2001, continuing to report for the network for another two years. He reported frequently from overseas and, at age 70, traveled to cover the dangers surrounding the diamond trade in Sierra Leone.