Former MU professor and CNN executive dies

2 years 5 months 4 days ago January 17, 2015 Jan 17, 2015 Saturday, January 17 2015 Saturday, January 17, 2015 2:49:00 PM CST in News
By: Chris Gothner, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Former MU journalism professor and CNN executive Stuart Loory, 82, died Friday after battling cancer, CNN reports.

The Missouri School of Journalism website lists Loory as a Professor Emeritus who joined the school in 1997 after a 17-year career with CNN and TBS. 

According to MU, Loory was most recently a Distinguished Fulbright Professor at the Centers for East Europe and American Studies at the University of Warsaw in Poland. He previously served as the school's first Lee Hills Chair in Free-Press Studies. Loory was also editor of Global Journalist magazine and moderated the "Global Journalist" radio show for KBIA/91.3 FM.

Before Loory joined MU's journalism faculty, he oversaw CNN bureaus in Washington and Moscow after joining the network in 1980. He later became a vice president of Turner Broadcasting, according to CNN. 

"His reporting on the Cold War and what went on behind the Iron Curtain was insightful and invaluable," said KOMU 8 Interactive Director Annie Hammock, who joined CNN in 1983 while Loory was the network's Moscow bureau chief. "His stories helped provide clarifying context at a time when nuclear tensions were high."

Aside from his work in television, Loory was also a veteran of the newspaper industry. According to MU, Loory served as Moscow bureau chief for the New York Herald Tribune and White House correspondent for the Los Angeles Times during the presidencies of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. 

MU notes that "Loory was included on Nixon's 'enemies list' of political opponents" during his tenure at the Los Angeles Times. He later served as managing editor of the Chicago Sun-Times. 

According to CNN, Loory resided in Brooklyn, New York at the time of his death.

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