Tom Aspell

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Tom Aspell
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Born1950
DiedFebruary 11, 2013(2013-02-11) (aged 62–63)
Occupation Television journalist
Years active43
Employer NBC News
Title News Producer/Correspondent [1]
SpouseNujud Dabbagh
Children2 sons (Peter and Tiger)

Tom Aspell (1950 – February 11, 2013) was a New Zealand-born U.S. television news producer, foreign correspondent, and cameraman. [1] [2] [3] He was employed by NBC News for 28 years and previously worked for ABC News, CBS News, and Visnews. [1] [2] [3]

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Career

Aspell began his career as a scriptwriter and cameraman in 1970 with Visnews. [2] [3] He was among the few foreign journalists who remained in Southeast Asia when Saigon fell to communist forces on April 30, 1975. [1] [3] From 1975 to 1978, he was a freelance cameraman in the Middle East. [1] In 1978, he joined CBS News as a cameraman covering Beirut, where he then worked as a producer for ABC News from 1981 to 1983. [1] [3]

In 1985, he was hired by NBC News as a producer based in Cyprus. [2] [3] He then became a foreign correspondent covering major events around the world. [2] His first on-air report for NBC was from Baghdad in August 1990 after Iraq invaded Kuwait. [1] From 1992 on, he spent considerable time covering the war-torn region of Bosnia. [1]

Personal life

Aspell lived on Cyprus with his wife Nujud Dabbagh and their two sons. [1] [2] He loved sailing. [2]

Death

Aspell died on February 11, 2013, following a two-year battle with lung cancer. [2] [3] He was 62. [2] [3] Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News , said Aspell was a journalist with "an intense brand of cool under fire". [2] [3] NBC News president Steve Capus described Aspell as "understated, selfless, perpetually cool, shrewd, wry, curmudgeonly, and a damn good reporter". [3]

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References

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