- Associated Press - Thursday, October 27, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Mark Bellinger, a longtime television reporter in Nashville, has died. He was 56.

WTVF-TV says Bellinger died Thursday after a battle with cancer. He had worked for the station for 23 years, specializing in crime and political coverage.

Bellinger previously covered northern Idaho for KHQ-TV and KIDK-TV, including the 1992 standoff between federal agents and a white separatist family at Ruby Ridge.

Gov. Bill Haslam said that he will miss Bellinger both personally and professionally. The governor said he will remember Bellinger for asking probing questions to better inform his viewers about issues facing the state.

Bellinger, whom colleagues lovingly referred to as “The B,” was a Denver native who earned his journalism degree from the University of Colorado. He is survived by his wife, Cindy, and daughter, Anna.

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