MEBANE, NC (AP) – Lloyd Dobyns Jr., an award-winning NBC News correspondent who reported around the world and hosted an innovative American newscast in the early 1980s, has passed away, his family has said. He was 85 years old.
Ken Dobyns said in a statement that his father died in Mebane, North Carolina, northwest of Raleigh on Sunday. He said his father suffered complications from a series of strokes.
Dobyns worked for NBC News in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, and was known in the United States for working with Linda Ellerbee on the late-night news series “NBC News Overnight” in 1982 and 1983, according to a statement released by Ken Dobyns and online with a Raleigh funeral home.
“He was a world-class friend, teacher, troublemaker and journalist,” Ellerbee said in the statement. “I will miss him more than I can tell. “
Dobyns was born in Newport News, Virginia on March 12, 1936. After serving in the United States Army, he began his broadcasting career as a reporter for WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1957. Three years later, he became a reporter presenter at WAVY-TV, NBC’s Tidewater, Virginia-area subsidiary, and advanced to the post of chief information officer, according to the family statement.
In 1969, Dobyns left Virginia for New York, where he first became editor-in-chief of WNEW-TV, then on the NBC News team. He worked as an overseas correspondent before returning to New York to present the weekly television news magazine, winning a prestigious Peabody Award. in 1975.
Dobyns set the style for Weekend, a style of writing and reporting that continued after being joined by the equally funny and witty Ellerbee – the first time the two were paired on air , the statement added.
After leaving NBC News Overnight, Dobyns anchored the short-lived “Monitor” television magazine. In a documentary titled “If Japan Can, Why Can’t Us? he reported on the Japanese boom at a time when American industry was faltering. The success of the documentary led him to co-write several books on Japan’s economic success.
Dobyns has won more than two dozen awards for his reporting, writing and anchoring with NBC News. He retired in 1986.