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Ex-CBS Newsman Ben Silver Dies

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PHOENIX (AP) — Former CBS news correspondent and Arizona State University journalism professor Ben Silver has died. He was 85.

The university says he died Wednesday from complications of Parkinson’s disease at his home in St. Louis Park, Minn.

Silver was a CBS national correspondent in the 1960s and covered race riots, school integration and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s accident at Chappaquiddick.

Silver worked at WCKT-TV in Miami from 1957 to 1966, reporting from the Soviet Union and Latin America. He won a Peabody Award in 1960 for his coverage of Latin America.

He began teaching at ASU in 1972 and continued to file CBS reports for several years. He retired in 1990.

He is survived by his wife, six children and 11 grandchildren. Services will be held Sunday in Minneapolis.

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