September 15th, 2010
11:57 AM ET

Longtime NBC newsman Edwin Newman has died

Edwin Newman, the longtime NBC newsman and expert on the English language, has died, NBC said Wednesday.

Newman, 91, served in many capacities for NBC, as an anchor, a news reporter, a commentator, a moderator and a host.

He was particularly well-known for his writings, including those about language. They include "Strictly Speaking: Will America Be the Death of English?" and "A Civil Tongue."

“For decades America got its news from NBC’s Edwin Newman. He was one of our nation’s preeminent journalists, an authoritative figure on grammar and the English language, a true professional and always the gentleman," President of NBC News Steve Capus said in a statement. "He brought dignity and great perspective to an endless array of historic news events. He set a standard for decades to come, at NBC News and throughout this profession. Edwin will be missed as a journalist, and as a respected member of the NBC News family.”

Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of Nightly News with Brian Williams, praised Newman's personality and sense of humor.

“Ed Newman was never preachy or pedantic. He was approachable, elegant and precise," Williams said in a statement. "He was a teacher, a broadcaster, and above all a superb journalist. To those of us watching at home: he made us feel like we had a very smart, classy friend in the broadcast news business.

His sharp sense of humor - always first aimed squarely at himself - allowed him to stretch his formidable talents from news to Saturday Night Live. His voice can still be heard inside 30 Rock - and we summon it often when we need an answer. He always knew the correct one.”

NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw echoed the sentiments and added that Newman served as an example for the kind of reporter he would later strive to be.

"Ed Newman was an early role model for my generation of NBC News correspondents - worldly, erudite and droll, qualities that were enriched by his pitch perfect use of the English language," Brokaw said in a statement. "He was always a gentleman and a reassuring presence in our midst."

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  1. NJ


    September 15, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Floria sigmundi

    Such a beautiful soul he was a kind spirited man

    Check out this video on YouTube:

    September 15, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tekoa

      What was the point of that film clip????

      September 15, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • GDBnNH

      I just wasted nine minutes and fifty three seconds of my life trying to understand what this has to do with Edwin Newman. You owe me nine minutes and fifty three seconds, Floria Sigmundi. Try to stay on the subject in the future.

      September 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Spartacus

    THIS GUY WAS AWESOME...MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS ENTIRE FAMILY AND GROUP OF FRIENDS FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, he was dedicated and all "bidness", one of if not the greatest at reporting the news I have seen in the past 48 years

    September 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jay

    I have been a fan of saturday Night Live since the early 80s and without question one of my favorites of all time was the one he hosted. As a kid seeing someone I saw usually on the news being hilarious blew my mind. God Bless him.

    September 15, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. gobnait

    I was reminded of Mr Newman when I read a slogan on a sweatshirt: 'I am the grammarian about whom you're mother warned you'. He was a great man of unbounded dignity, fairness, humor and class and the names of contemporary journalists shouldn't be mentioned in the same sentence as his.Godspeed Mr. Newman; I will miss you.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rob M

    This is one of those cases of "He was still alive?"

    September 15, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tony

    As usual, CNN doesn't know how to report a story. Newman actually died Aug 13, but his family kept it secret so they could mourn in private. Goes to show CNN has forgot the who, what, when, where, and how basic standard of journalist reporting. They should take a cue from Mr. Newman.

    September 15, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Liam

    I grew up watching this man. Kind in spirit and generosity. He, like so many others will be missed, but not out of the thoughts of millions. Goodnight, Mr. Newman.

    September 15, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Chuck Norris

    Iconic. He will be missed.

    September 16, 2010 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
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