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Subject: Ed Bliss, former CBS writer and editor

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Date Posted: November 27, 2002 10:18:18 EDT

Ed Bliss, a former CBS writer and editor who worked with such luminaries as Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite and later founded the broadcast journalism program at American University, died Monday of a respiratory disorder. He was 90.

During his 25 years at CBS radio and television, Bliss wrote and edited the news summary for Murrow's 15-minute broadcasts, worked with Fred Friendly on "CBS Reports" and served as CBS News President Dick Salant's executive assistant.

Born in China in 1912, Bliss was the son of missionaries. He started his journalism career in the 1930s in Ohio working for newspapers in Bucyrus and Columbus.

He was hired as a writer for CBS Radio News in 1943.

In 1963, he became Cronkite's news editor when the CBS evening news show became the first 30-minute newscast. He was the person sitting behind Cronkite during his announcement of the assassination of President Kennedy.

In 1968, Bliss started the broadcast journalism program at American University's School of Communications. He retired in 1977, the year he was named professor of the year by the Society of Professional Journalists.

Bliss wrote "Writing News for Broadcast," a widely used journalism textbook first published in 1971. After retirement, Bliss continued to write, publishing "Now the News, The Story of Broadcast Journalism," in 1991.

Bliss is survived by his daughter, Anne Mascolino of Washington, D.C.

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