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Nelson Benton, Former CBS Broadcaster, Dead At 63

February 14, 1988 GMT

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Nelson Benton, a broadcast journalist who covered the Vietnam War, the civil rights movement and the nation’s capital in more than 20 years with CBS News, died Saturday of cardiac arrest. He was 63.

Benton died at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, a day after collapsing at the city’s Union Station.

He began his broadcasting career at radio station WSOC in Charlotte, N.C. In 1960, he joined CBS News in New York as an assignment editor and reporter. He worked in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and became CBS News New Orleans bureau manager and reporter in 1964.

He covered the civil rights movement in the South and the Vietnam War from Saigon, then spent the next decade as a Washington correspondent.

In 1982, he left CBS News to become a news anchorman at WMAR-TV in Baltimore. He left in 1984 and worked for the Mutual Broadcasting System as White House correspondent. Most recently, he was co-anchor of a daily U.S. Information Agency news program broadcast overseas, ″America Today.″

Bob Schieffer, anchoring the CBS Evening News on Saturday, said Benton was ″a fine reporter. He was also a fine person.″

He lived in McLean, Va.

A funeral was set for Tuesday in Danville, Va. Survivors include his wife, Mildred, of McLean; a son, Joseph Nelson Benton III of Washington; his mother, Margaret O. Benton, and a sister, Kathryn Wyatt, both of Danville, and two grandchildren.