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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Bobbie Battista (RIP)

For John, BLUFShe was good.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:

She covered world events in the 1980s and ’90s and was the host of “TalkBack Live,” a program in which the audience posed questions to guest newsmakers.

From The Old Gray Lady, by Mr Sam Roberts, 3 March 2020.

Here is the lede plus one:

Bobbie Battista, one of the original anchors of CNN Headline News and a veteran of various anchor jobs at CNN over two decades, died on Tuesday in Davenport, Iowa, where she lived.  She was 67.

A family spokesman said the cause was cervical cancer.

After joining Headline News for its launch in 1982, Ms. Battista was promoted in 1988 to the parent Cable News Network, where she anchored coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, the gulf war and the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

She became a familiar face in American living rooms, anchoring “CNN NewsDay,” “CNN NewsHour,” “CNN Daybreak” and “CNN PrimeNews.”  She was voted best newscaster in Cable Guide magazine’s annual readers’ poll in 1986.

We remember Ms Batista from when we lived in Germany in the mid-1980s.  CNN was a mainstay of AFN (Armed Forces Network).  An excellent News Reader.

My wife recognized this news item before I did, so Hat Tip to her.

May Ms Battista Rest In Peace.

Regards  —  Cliff

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