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Bill Hatfield remembers John Dancy Former NBC News broadcaster in a heartfelt tribute he posted on Twitter



Former NBC News broadcaster John Dancy has passed away.

John’s passing was shared by Bill Hatfield the Washington news producer for NBC News TODAY on Tuesday morning through a Twitter post where he said he was remembering his friend and mentor John Dancy.

“Remembering my friend and mentor John Dancy (1936-2021). John spent 30 years at NBC News, with postings in Chicago, Berlin, Moscow, London, and DC, where he covered every major beat. In retirement, he taught the next generation of journalists. I was lucky to know him.”

His  cause of death was not made known by Bill as at the time of filing this report.

Who Is John Dancy?

John was a Correspondent for NBC Television with four videos in the C-SPAN Video Library; the first appearance was a 1989 Vignette. The year with the most videos was 1998 with two videos.

Real name is John Albert Dancy, was an American news correspondent a Recipient Columbia-Dupont award for documentaries, 1977, an Overseas Press Club award for documentaries, 1977, Janus award business reporting, 1984, Everett M. Dirksen award for reporting of Congress, 1987. Member Radio-Television Corrs. Association Washington.

He was born on August 5, 1936, in Jackson, Tennessee, United States. Son of Albert Gallatin and Mabel Ann (Duck) Dancy.

Student, David Lipscomb College, Nashville, 1958. Bachelor in English Lit, Union University, Jackson, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Union University, Jackson, Tennessee, 1989.

News commentator Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, KYW-television, Cleveland, 1961-1965. Correspondent NBC News, Los Angeles, Chicago, Berlin, London, Washington, since 1965. Senior White House correspondent, 1978-1979.

Congressional correspondent, 1982-1988. Chief diplomatic correspondent, 1988. Moscow correspondent, 1994-1996.

John Albert Dancy has been listed as a noteworthy news correspondent by Marquis Who’s Who.

He became a Member of Radio-Television Corrs. Association Washington.

John is married to Ann Lewis, July 13, 1957. Children: Christopher, Sara, John, Mary Katherine.

A 1959 Union University graduate, Dancy was the most senior correspondent at NBC News prior to his retirement in 1996. In his 30-year career at the network, Dancy covered every major beat in Washington and served twice as a foreign correspondent, based in Berlin, London and Moscow.

He began a career in education and public service upon his retirement. In September 1996, Dancy was named a Fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He was the J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellow in Media Studies at George Washington University in the fall semester of 2002.

During 17 years in Washington, Dancy served as NBC News senior White House correspondent during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, covered Congress during the Reagan years and was a chief diplomatic correspondent during the administration of George H. W. Bush. He has also served as the anchor for “NBC Nightly News,” as well as “NBC News at Sunrise,” and “Meet the Press.”

Dancy has won the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism, the Overseas Press Club’s Citation for Excellence, the Dirksen Award for coverage of Congress, the Janus Award for business reporting, and four National Emmys.

A native of Jackson, Dancy was awarded an honorary doctorate by Union in 1989. He and his wife, Ann Lewis Dancy, have two sons and two daughters.

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