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CNN Anchor Don Harrison Dies at 61

May 2, 1998

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) _ Don Harrison, a CNN Headline News anchor who had been with the channel since its 1982 debut, died Saturday of renal cancer. He was 61.

Harrison joined the Cable News Network in Atlanta in 1981. During his tenure at CNN, Harrison won the 1987 Cable Ace Award for best news anchor.

Before coming to Atlanta, Harrison anchored for three years at WTSP-TV in Tampa, Fla., and four years at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis-Saint Paul. He also spent two years at WBAL-TV in Baltimore, where he was awarded a local Emmy for best newscast, and 11 years at KCTV-TV in Kansas City, Mo.

While at KCTV, Harrison was honored with an award from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for a documentary called ``This Old House.″

A native of Ottawa, Kan., Harrison began his television career at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kan., after several years in radio.

Harrison lost a leg to bone cancer when he was 13 and a kidney to cancer in 1993.

``Don was one of the most talented people in the television news industry. He also was an extraordinary human being _ inspiring personal and professional excellence in those who knew him,″ said Bob Furnad, president of CNN Headline News.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, two sons and a daughter.

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