Newsman Richard Threlkeld dies in car accident

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His last appearance on CBS was in 2004 on “Sunday Morning,” when he came out of retirement to help celebrate the broadcast’s 25th anniversary by doing a feature story.

Threlkeld originally joined CBS News in 1966 as a producer-editor based in New York.

Born on Nov. 30, 1937, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was raised in Barrington, Ill. He graduated from Ripon (Wis.) College and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

During his career, he won several Emmy and Overseas Press Club awards and an Alfred I. du Pont-Columbia University Award.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Betsy Aaron, a former CBS and CNN correspondent; a brother, Robert, of Port Townsend, Wash.; two children, Susan Paulukonis, of Alameda, Calif., and Julia Threlkeld of Yonkers, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

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