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Versatile TV newsman Garrick Utley dies at 74

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSFILE - In a Thursday, March 29, 2012 file photo, Garrick Utley, a former TV journalist and currently president of the State University of New York Levin Institute, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York.  On Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, NBC News says veteran reporter Garrick Utley has died. He died of cancer, the network said. He was 74. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
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    FILE - In a Thursday, March 29, 2012 file photo, Garrick Utley, a former TV journalist and currently president of the State University of New York Levin Institute, speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations, in New York. On Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, NBC News says veteran reporter Garrick Utley has died. He died of cancer, the network said. He was 74. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK >> NBC News says veteran reporter Garrick Utley has died of cancer. He was 74.

Utley began at NBC News in 1963, where for three decades he handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated “Meet the Press.”

He once speculated that he may have been the only person at NBC News who handled every type of programming as host or anchor.

In 1993, he left NBC to be a foreign correspondent for ABC News. He reported for CNN from 1997 to 2002.

Standing a lanky 6-foot-6, Utley was known for his courtly and knowledgeable on-the-air manner.

An opera buff, he was also a host of PBS’ “Live From the Met.”

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