Lloyd Dobyns Jr., an award-winning NBC Information correspondent who reported from locations all over the world and who anchored an revolutionary U.S. tv newscast within the early Eighties, has died, his household stated. He was 85.
Ken Dobyns stated in a press release that his father died Sunday in Mebane, North Carolina, northwest of Raleigh. He stated his father suffered problems from a collection of strokes.
Dobyns labored for NBC Information in Europe, the Center East, and Asia, and was recognized within the U.S. for working with Linda Ellerbee on the late-night information collection NBC Information In a single day in 1982 and 1983, in line with a press release launched by Ken Dobyns and on-line with a Raleigh funeral house.
“He was a good friend, trainer, trouble-maker, and a world-class journalist,” Ellerbee stated within the assertion. “I shall miss him greater than I can say.”
Dobyns was born in Newport Information, Virginia, on March 12, 1936. After serving within the U.S. Military, he started his broadcasting profession as a reporter for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1957. Three years later, he grew to become a information anchor at WAVY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Virginia’s Tidewater space, and superior to information director, the household assertion stated.
In 1969, Dobyns left Virginia for New York, the place he first grew to become managing editor of WNEW-TV, then as a part of the NBC Information staff. He labored as a international correspondent earlier than returning to New York to anchor the TV information journal Weekend, successful a prestigious Peabody Award in 1975.
Dobyns set the model for Weekend, a writing and reporting model that continued after he was joined by the equally droll and witty Ellerbee — the primary time the 2 had been paired on air, the assertion added.
After leaving NBC Information In a single day, Dobyns anchored the short-lived TV journal Monitor. In a documentary titled If Japan Can, Why Can’t We? he reported on the Japanese growth at a time when American manufacturing was faltering. The documentary’s success led him to co-write a number of books about Japan’s financial success.
Dobyns gained greater than two-dozen awards for reporting, writing, and anchoring whereas with NBC Information. He retired in 1986.