- Associated Press - Sunday, July 3, 2016

DALLAS (AP) - Joe Benham, a veteran journalist who covered South America for The Associated Press and U.S. News & World Report, has died. He was 82.

His wife, Verna Benham, confirmed that he died Thursday of lung and heart failure.

Benham began his career writing for a newspaper in his hometown of Amarillo. He later worked for the Dallas Times Herald and AP before joining the U.S. Army.

He resumed his work for AP and relocated to New York where he covered the United Nations. He later moved to Santiago, Chile, and was the AP bureau chief for Chile and Bolivia.

He continued covering South American affairs for U.S. News before relocating to Houston as a regional bureau chief.

A service is scheduled for Wednesday in Kerrville, northwest of San Antonio.

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