Kate Ward
September 15, 2010 AT 04:23 PM EDT

NBC newsman Edwin Newman has passed away, the Associated Press reports. Newman, the author of best-sellers Strictly Speaking and A Civil Tongue, was 91 years old.

A NBC broadcaster for over 30 years, Newman reported for such programs as Today, The Nightly News, and Meet the Press, and is known for announcing John F. Kennedy’s death via radio. He also anchored the series Speaking Freely, and penned and narrated documentaries like 1966’s Politics: The Outer Fringe and 1965’s Who Shall Live?.

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