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Longtime CBS News Radio Correspondent Dave Barrett Dead At 63

September 19, 2018 - 1:04 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Dave Barrett, CBS News Correspondent and longtime anchor of the World News Roundup Late Edition,  has died after a brief illness. He was 63.  

Barrett joined CBS News Radio in 2001. The three-time winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award also won a Headliner Award in 2015, a Bronze Medal in 1990 from the International Radio Festival and an Associated Press award for Best Sportscast in Texas.

Born in Buffalo, New York, Barrett's assignments over a long radio career took him to 10 Olympics and to the Persian Gulf twice.

From 1998-2001, Barrett was News Director for the Fox News Radio Network and prior to that spent 15 years at ABC Radio News.

He covered Super Bowls, Wimbeldon and other sporting events during a brief stint at ESPN Radio in the early 1990s.

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In 1981, Barrett ran the Washington, DC bureau of the San Francisco-based Pacific News Service and before that spent several years in Houston as a sports reporter, a talk show host and a disc jockey. 

Barrett was a brilliant story teller, writer and broadcaster. He was a lover of sports and a lover of history.

"There was nobody better than he was. The thing I always love about him is his passion and his devotion to doing the very best every time he would write a story," friend and colleague Peter King told WCBS 880. "He loved what he was doing and he was so good at it. And you could tell the passion by the kinds of stories that he did, not just as an anchor, but as a reporter."

King said Barrett was "truly one of a kind."

"I'm going to miss him tremendously from both a personal and professional standpoint," King said. "They don't make them like that anymore."

Barrett leaves behind a wife and son.