Myron Jess Marlow
November 29, 1929
|Died||August 3, 2014 (aged 84)|
Marlow began his television career in 1958 at WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois. He then moved to San Jose, California, where he joined KNTV as a reporter. He would later become an anchor at that station, as well as its news director. Among the stories Marlow covered at KNTV was the beginning of Ronald Reagan's first campaign for Governor of California.
Work in Los Angeles
NBC News hired Marlow in 1966 and sent him to KNBC in Los Angeles. Aside from reporting, his first assignment at KNBC included moderating the station's weekly public affairs program News Conference. When the station launched The KNBC News Service, a weeknight two-and-half hour block of news in March 1968, Marlow was elevated to an anchor. He was joined on the KNBC desk by two future stalwarts of NBC News, Bob Abernethy and Tom Brokaw. Marlow was on the network's list of candidates to join Barbara Walters on the Today Show following Frank McGee's death in 1974; NBC passed over Marlow and others in favor of Jim Hartz, who would be replaced by Brokaw just two years later.
In 1980, Marlow moved to CBS-owned KNXT (which became KCBS-TV in 1984) as its lead male anchor. While at KNXT/KCBS, his co-anchors included Connie Chung, Sandy Hill, John Schubeck (who had also worked with Marlow at KNBC) and Colleen Williams (who later went to KNBC along with Marlow). Marlow returned to KNBC in 1986 where, as a special correspondent Marlow appeared nightly on what was now called The Channel 4 News. Marlow also resumed his role as moderator of KNBC News Conference, continuing in both positions until he retired in 1997,
Marlow's retirement was brief; he returned to host "Life & Times", a Southern California public affairs program on PBS member television station KCET in 2001 until he officially retired in 2003. In retirement, he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and later to Loveland, Colorado.
He had worked with many television news anchors during his period in Los Angeles, including Kelly Lange, Colleen Williams, Paul Moyer and his "Life & Times" co-host Val Zavala. He was also very involved in professional journalism organizations, including to help found the Foundation for American Communications which, for more than a quarter-century, was the leading educator of working journalists. He received many awards for his outstanding reporting and leadership in journalism and was highly regarded by his colleagues and those he covered.
At his last broadcast, Marlow said: "You may have heard and you may have cheered that it's my final broadcast, and I hope I'm glad to be here."