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Former NBC Correspondent Peter Hackes Dies

April 21, 1994 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Former NBC Washington correspondent Peter Hackes, known for his coverage of Capitol Hill, the State Department and the space program, died of a heart attack. He was 69.

Hackes died Sunday at Georgetown University Hospital.

Hackes worked for CBS for three years in Washington before joining NBC in 1955. From 1956, he covered every national political convention until his retirement in 1986.

Since 1987, Hackes has been the ″Voice of the AARP″ (American Association of Retired Persons) on a daily radio program called ″Mature Focus.″

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After three decades as a correspondent, Hackes appeared in two films about Washington - as a gruff network executive in ″Broadcast News″ in 1987 and in ″True Colors,″ a film about politics.

Hackes served in the Navy during World War II, retiring from the reserves in the mid-1980s with the rank of captain.

Hackes graduated from Grinnell College and received a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Iowa.