Gordon F. Joseloff: From UPI’s Moscow Bureau to a Distinguished Career at CBS News

From a post on cbsnews.com by Zoe Christen Jones about the death of Gordon F. Joseloff:

CBS News is mourning the loss of award-winning journalist Gordon F. Joseloff. He died at his home with his son and daughter by his side after a three-year battle with myelofibrosis, a rare blood cancer. He was 75.

During his 16-year tenure at CBS News, Joseloff held the roles of correspondent and senior producer and served as bureau chief for New York, Tokyo and Moscow. . . .

Before joining CBS News, Joseloff worked as a correspondent and editor for United Press International. In 1975, while assigned to UPI’s Moscow bureau, Joseloff was vacationing in San Francisco and was an eyewitness to Sara Jane Moore’s attempted assassination of then-President Gerald Ford. His description of what he saw appeared worldwide on UPI’s wires and radio network.

At the beginning of his career at CBS News, Joseloff started as a writer under Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather. . . .

While on assignment in Moscow, Joseloff covered the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, including the U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics. That year, he was the first U.S. network correspondent in Poland when Lech Walesa’s Solidarity trade union movement was created.

During his time in Tokyo for CBS, Joseloff  reported on the Soviet shootdown of Flight 007, the Bhopal gas leak, the overthrow of Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos, and the death of Japanese Emperor Hirohito. In 1984, his coverage of the assassination of Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi won him a shared Emmy Award. He returned from overseas in 1991 and was instrumental in coordinating CBS News’ coverage of the Gulf War

Even after his career at CBS News, Joseloff stayed committed to the importance of journalism in people’s lives, especially in his community of Westport, Connecticut. In 2003, he created WestportNow, one of America’s first community news websites. . . . .

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