ABC News Radio reports that retired anchor Bob Walker has died at age 77. His career at the network crossed four decades, from the 1960s to the ’90s.
“Bob reported on many extraordinary events in the latter half of the 20th century. He was news director at the ABC TV station in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated. His fine work caught the eye of Peter Jennings and Bob became Peter’s television writer before Bob became a fulltime ABC News Radio anchor,” said an email from ABC News Radio VP/GM Steve Jones.
Among the iconic moments in Bob Walker’s career was his live coverage with ABC’s Vic Ratner of the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Walker was an Information Network news anchor from the 1960s until his retirement in the 1990s.
“I was one of several editors who worked with Bob. Bob prized clarity and brevity in his newscasts. Bob’s reporting represented his broad interest and sharp insight in events both important and interesting to people. He will be missed,” said Jones.
Memorial arrangements have been set for Sunday, August 2, at noon at Rehkamp & Horvath Funeral Home in Marshall, MN.