Burleigh Hines

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Burleigh Hines (born August 26, 1932-died November 8, 2009) was a retired Chicago television news reporter.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Hines began his career as a newspaper reporter.[1] He wrote for the Memphis Tri-State Defender and the Chicago Daily News in the 1960s.[2]

From 1968 until 1974, Hines was a correspondent for WBBM in Chicago. In 1974, he joined WBBM-TV as the station's editorial director. He transitioned to being an on-air reporter for the TV station, a position he held until retiring in 2001. He covered many types of stories, from crime to human interest to animal stories. His great love was working on the streets, reporting on ordinary people doing remarkable things.

In 1968, Hines co-authored the book Nightmare in Detroit: A Rebellion and its Victims, with Van Gordon Sauter, who went on to become president of CBS News. The book is about riots in Detroit in July 1967.


He is survived by his wife, Denise, his six children, and many grandchildren.