Newsman Kevorkian dies at 82
Harry Kevorkian, a longtime prominent newsman at WNDU and WSBT and a former educator at the University of Notre Dame, died Sunday.
Kevorkian, a Granger resident, was 82.
Kevorkian worked at WNDU for 25 years as a newscaster, assignment editor, news director and public affairs director. He retired from the station in 1993 as vice president for education and administration.
Kevorkian helped establish WNDU's broadcast education program with Notre Dame in 1976. For years as part of that program, he taught broadcast courses to college students.
A native of Chicago, Kevorkian began his journalism career at age 14 when he worked as a messenger boy for the Chicago Sun-Times, according to Tribune archives. He was a graduate of Wright Junior College in Chicago and the University of Illinois, and later earned a master's degree in communication arts at Notre Dame.
He worked as a radio newscaster in Roanoke, Va., before moving to South Bend to join WSBT. He helped WSBT with coverage of the 1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes that swept the Midwest.
In those early days, Kevorkian would start work at 4 or 5 a.m. on the morning radio shift, do some work for television, take a nap, then return for the 6 p.m. newscast, he recalled in a 1993 Tribune interview.
He later worked as a political reporter at CBS affiliate WISH in Indianapolis before returning to South Bend in 1967 to join WNDU.
He was active in many professional organizations, including the Indiana Broadcasters Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and the South Bend Press Club. In 1985, he received the SPJ Michiana Chapter's Lou Tutino Award, which was given annually to a local journalist who exemplified high standards of professional and ethics.
A service will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at McGann Hay, Granger Chapel, 13260 Indiana 23. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. prior to the service.