Richard C. Hottelet, last of original ‘Murrow’s Boys,’ dies

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2006 file photo, An English Heritage Blue Plaque is unveiled for American broadcaster Edward R. Murrow by fellow reporter Richard C. Hottelet at Weymouth House, Hallam Street, in London, where he lived from 1938-1946 during the blitz. Hottelet, the last of the original "Murrow's Boys," the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow, has died. He was 97. CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco said Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, that Hottelet died Tuesday night, Dec. 16, at his home in Connecticut. (AP Photo/Peter Willows, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Richard C. Hottelet, the last of the original “Murrow’s Boys,” has died. He was 97.

CBS News spokesman Kevin Tedesco says Hottelet died early Wednesday morning at his home in Wilton.

Hottelet was among the pioneering group of wartime journalists hired by CBS radio newsman Edward R. Murrow.

He was a foreign correspondent for the United Press in Berlin at the start of World War II — and even spent several months in a Nazi prison — before joining CBS in London in 1944.

He reported from many battlefronts and went on to become CBS’ correspondent for the United Nations, an assignment he began in 1960. He resigned in 1985 to join the U.S. Mission to the U.N. as its public affairs counselor. He left that post in 1987 over differences with Ambassador Vernon A. Walters.

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