Wendall Anschutz dead at 71


Meredith’s KCTV-TV (CBS) Kansas City reports that former news anchor Wendall Anschutz has lost a long battle with throat cancer. He was 71.

The Kansas City Star reported that long time co-anchor Anne Peterson joined Anschutz’s family by his side as he passed away at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he had undergone two unsuccessful surgeries to stop the cancer. Anschutz and Peterson had been the top-rated news duo in Kansas City for 15 years through 1994.

Anschutz spent 35 years at KCTV, known for most of that time by the call letters KCMO, working up to the anchor chair from a reporting post. He suffered a stroke in 1989, but returned to work and did not retire from the newsroom until 2001.