Don Farmer, one of NCS’s original anchors and a mainstay of each nationwide and native TV information, died Wednesday. He was 82.
Farmer and his spouse of 49 years Chris Curle, who shared the information of his demise, have been key constructing blocks within the 1980 creation of NCS.
The husband and spouse workforce anchored a two-hour program at midday Eastern, “Take Two,” that blended information, discuss and way of life segments.
In the 1990 e book “NCS: The Inside Story,” writer Hank Whittemore stated this system “was a NCS centerpiece from the beginning,” led by an “attractive, articulate couple.”
After seven years on the Atlanta-based NCS, Farmer joined WSB, town’s ABC affiliate. One of Farmer’s youngsters, Justin, presently works there.
“Dad was in the business not for ‘being on TV,’ not to be recognized or anything close to that,” Justin wrote in a tribute to his father on Thursday. “He was a journalist, one of the last of an era where objective, thorough, genuinely honest reporting was the central motivation and conversation in newsrooms across the country. Being a journalist was considered a responsibility and a duty to the nation and its citizens.”
According to Curle, Farmer served within the US Army Reserves for six years. His huge break within the media enterprise got here when he landed a job with the NBC News election unit in Philadelphia. Then he jumped to ABC, the place he was employed as a community correspondent, a job that he referred to as a “dream come true.”
“On his fifth day,” Curle stated in an obituary that she shared with NCS, “ABC sent him to Alabama to cover civil rights demonstrations. That began his coverage of the historic movement and assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
In the late Sixties and 70s, Farmer was posted in ABC’s Chicago and Atlanta bureaus. He met Curle, then a TV reporter in Houston, whereas they have been each within the metropolis overlaying civil unrest in 1970. Curle stated Farmer had the “best pickup line ever:” “Chris, what are you doing after the riot?”
The couple married in 1972. Farmer was dispatched to the United Kingdom and Germany as a overseas correspondent for ABC, earlier than being introduced again stateside to cowl Congress. Curle anchored at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington.
“We had always wanted to work together,” Farmer as soon as instructed an interviewer.
NCS gave them the chance. “Take Two” was NCS’s model of the “Today” present — a political interview one minute, a phase about pets the following minute.
“Don interviewed thousands of people, some of the best in the world and some of the worst, in some of the best places on the planet and some of the most dangerous,” Curle wrote. “Most memorable to him were Dr. King, Jr. and the Beatles — all four of them.”
Farmer retired from WSB in 1997.
Monica Pearson, who co-anchored with him at WSB, told the station that “Don will be missed because he was a wonderful reporter, great writer, a hardworking anchor and most importantly, he was a person who cared about his craft.”