Former CBS News vice president Lane Venardos, who won numerous awards during his 30 years with the network, died Friday after suffering a heart attack in his home in Maui, Hawaii. He was 67.
Venardos worked as executive producer of the “CBS Evening News” and as a vice president for hard news. His work earned him 13 Emmy Awards for his role in the coverage of live news, special events and documentaries.
Venardos produced most of CBS News’ live coverage of the Persian Gulf War, as well as the coverage of political campaigns from 1986 through 1998.
He also supervised the coverage of world summits throughout the world, including the historic meeting between the leaders of China and the Soviet Union in 1989.
Venardos’ award-winning work included the documentary “48 Hours on Crack Street,” a look at the life of crack cocaine addicts during the drug epidemic of the 1980s. He won an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University award for the documentary, which was the precursor of the current CBS News magazine “48 Hours Mystery.”
Venardos retired from CBS in January 2000 but remained a consultant through election night that year, the network said.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; four children and a brother.