Richard Wagner, a journalist best known for covering the Vietnam War and countless other conflicts across the world over his three-decade career as a correspondent for CBS News, has died.
Richard Wagner Obituary
Wagner died at the age of 85 on May 12, 2022.
Wagner died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, according to his wife Donna Lewis-Wagner.
Wagner’s widow provided no information regarding his demise, including the cause of death.
Richard Wagner began his career at CBS News in 1964 and spent time in Saigon as one of the correspondents covering the Vietnam War at a period when the military had yet to determine the limitations of access to operations.
The following historical events were also covered by Richard Wagner:
Northern Ireland’s troubles and Nelson Mandela’s release from prison
The events in Baghdad that led to Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait and the United States and its allies’ reaction, Operation Desert Storm.
National politics and other events, such as the Three Mile Island nuclear accident and the Challenger explosion
Wagner discussed the challenges and anxieties of reporting from the front lines in a podcast with fellow war journalists in 2018.
According to Wagner,
“I remember being pinned down and unable to move, and then the barrage lifted nearly as fast as it had began, and I wanted to rapidly stand up now that it was safe and perform a stand up…”
“I discovered that my hand was trembling so much that I couldn’t do it.” It made such an impact on me that I couldn’t perform what I needed to do until I gathered myself.”
Wagner was also CBS News’ first health and science correspondent, and his CBS Radio documentary on DNA won an Ohio State University Radio-Television prize.
In 1993, Wagner left CBS News.