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Longtime Wichita TV news anchor Roger Cornish dies at 66

July 7, 2021 GMT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Roger Cornish, a news anchor at KWCH-TV in Wichita for several decades, died Wednesday, the station reported. He was 66.

The station said Cornish died of liver disease. He was a news anchor at the Wichita station from the 1980s until his retirement in 2018.

Cornish began his career in broadcasting as a 17-year-old camera operator in Hutchinson in 1972. He worked as a producer and reporter before he anchored newscasts.

The station said Cornish helped make KWCH the top-rated station in the Wichita-Hutchinson market and was known for his ability to remember dates and details.

He also was an avid Indy Car racing fan and could recite details about specific races and drivers. The station said his favorite interview was in 1990 with his favorite driver, Wichita native and four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears.

Funeral services are pending.