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Longtime Television Network Political Correspondent Dies In Santa Barbara


One of America’s leading television political correspondents for decades has died in Santa Barbara. Sander Vanocur spent most of his career at NBC and ABC News. In 1960, he was one of the panelists at the first debate between presidential candidates John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon.

Vanocour covered the White House for NBC during the Kennedy Administration, reported from national political conventions, and interviewed political legends like Martin Luther King, Junior and Robert F. Kennedy. After he retired, he moved to Santa Barbara County.

He died Monday night in Santa Barbara. Vanocur was 91 years old.