Iconic 'CBS News' reporter dies age 64
Bob Fuss, the inspirational reporter for CBS Radio and United Press International, passed away on May 27, 2018, from a rare form of leukemia.
The news was announced on the CBS This Morning Twitter account, which added that the man’s voice was familiar to millions of CBS News Radio listeners as Fuss covered Congress from 1998 until his retirement in 2015.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Fuss, who was only 64 years old, died in Falls Church, Virginia, two years after he was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. However, it was not the only condition he had to face.
In 2015, Fuss wrote an autobiography titled Kidnapped by Nuns and Other Stories of a Life on the Radio wherein he explained that he was born with a number of birth defects ‘similar to spina bifida.’
Due to his health issues, doctors told his parents that he wouldn’t live past his childhood, an idea that never prevented him from working and enjoying his life as much as possible.
We have sad news to share about a former CBS News colleague. Longtime radio correspondent Bob Fuss has died from a rare form of leukemia. He was 64.— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) May 28, 2018
Bob's voice was familiar to millions of @CBSNewsRadio listeners. He covered Congress from 1998 until his retirement in 2015. pic.twitter.com/Z0bXijfiqN
Fuss’ will to work paid off as he covered every presidential election from 1980 to 2012 for CBS News. Apart from that, he worked as the radio network’s Capitol Hill reporter for over twenty years and covered 15 Academy Awards in a row.
Former CBS News Radio GM Michael Freedman described Fuss as a trusted, unselfish, and well-liked colleague who had a gentle soul. Freedman added that Fuss set the bar for network radio correspondents thanks to his ‘accurate and fair’ writing and reporting.
One of the most interesting things that Fuss did was traveling to the Kingdom of Tonga in late 1999, which was the first place to welcome the turn of the century, and then going to Samoa, the last place to do so.
At the end of his travel, he managed to report from the first and last place to enter the new millennium.
Fuss is survived by his mother Carolyn, sister Lorri, and nieces and nephews Jeffrey, Jenna, Ilan, Ari, and Rina.