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Monday, March 10, 2008

Bill Carlson, RIP

Bill Carlson, a mainstay of Twin Cities television news, died Friday, February 29. He died on Leap Day, and that seems like something he would find humorous. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer not quite two years ago. He recovered, went back on the-air, but the cancer returned.

Carlson worked for WCCO-TV since 1952. He excelled at reporting as a news anchor, notably his daily half-hour "News At Noon". He covered the entertainment beat and would broadcast his "News At Noon" live from the State Fair during its two week run.

He was old-school journalism, a trait too much forgotten, ignored or no longer taught today. He reported solidly on stories, dealing in facts instead of speculation and conjecture. His reporting is the type that represented true journalism, devoid of sensationalism and exploitationism, absent of political bias and editorializing. He will be missed, he will truly be missed.

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