Long time NBC news correspondent Edwin Newman always spoke with the authority of someone who knew the right words. He used language with precision, a TV guy with an old school dedication to the craft of copy writing. There was something welcome and relatable about his look, too, more Ed Asner or Edward G. Robinson than Dan Rather. David Bauder files this report on Newman’s death at 91 for The Associated Press. Love the line Bauder plucks from a 1966 New York Times description of Newman: “NBC’s instant renaissance man speaks with the distinctive growl of a rusted muffler. He makes no concessions to the charm boy school of commentator.”

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