Former ABC newsman Jack Smith dead

posted 2004-04-08 13:23:47 by doug

GREENBRAE, California (AP) -- Jack Smith, an Emmy Award-winning correspondent during a 26-year career at ABC News, died Wednesday. He was 58.

Smith, the son of former ABC anchor Howard K. Smith, was diagnosed last fall with pancreatic cancer and died at Marin General Hospital, according to his sister, Catherine Smith.

Smith won two Emmys, a Peabody and numerous other awards during his television career and helped develop ABC News' technology beat and its "Cutting Edge" segment. He regularly appeared on ABC's nightly news program, "Nightline" and "This Week with David Brinkley."

A Vietnam veteran, Smith also narrated an award-winning series on the war for The Learning Channel, "The Soldiers' Story." Smith won a Bronze Star and Purple Heart during his tour in Vietnam from 1965-66.

"Jack is a true hero -- read my lips," ABC colleague Sam Donaldson said when Smith was presented with the Bronze Star in 1997.

Smith covered foreign wars, five presidential elections and the White House during his career. After retiring from ABC in 2000, Smith moved to California to become a media consultant.