Former NBC News and ABC News correspondent Herb Kaplow died Saturday in Arlington, VA. He was 86. The longtime radio and TV newsman started his journalism career in 1951 at NBC News and moved to ABC News in Washington in 1972. He covered 10 presidential campaigns, 19 presidential conventions and traveled with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton, according to a memo today from ABC News president Ben Sherwood. Kaplow also reported on the civil rights movement including the Brown v Board of Education ruling in 1954 that led to school desegregation. The New York Times‘ obituary noted that Kaplow also covered the Cuban revolution that culminated in Fidel Castro’s victory in 1959, and he was the first American reporter to interview Castro after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961. Kaplow retired in 1994.

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