Veteran ‘Today’ show, ’20/20′ newscaster Hugh Downs dies at 99: reports
Hugh Downs, whose smooth delivery and warm demeanor led to a seven-decade career in television news and talk, died Wednesday at the age of 99, according to reports from the Washington Post and the New York Times.
USA TODAY has reached out to reps for Downs.
From morning to night, Downs became one of TV’s most familiar faces, at one point holding the record for most hours – 10,000 – in front of a television camera (a record later broken by Regis Philbin).
He co-anchored NBC’s “Today” show from 1962 to 1971, but is probably most remembered for his 21 years as co-host of ABC evening newsmagazine “20/20” (both alongside Barbara Walters), and his signature sign-off: “We’re in touch, so you be in touch.”