Garrick Utley, the longtime TV newsman who worked for
Utley died after a long battle with cancer, according to the Associated Press, which first reported his death on Friday.
He worked for NBC News for three decades, beginning as a researcher for "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" and then correspondent reporting on the
"I was lucky," Utley said in a 2012 interview for the
In 1997 he joined CNN, where he reported and helped anchor the network's coverage of
Utley was also a fan of opera and hosted "Live at the Met" on
Remembering the 6-foot-6 newsman on "Today," Matt Lauer said: "He was an imposing figure physically; he was a big, big guy. But also intellectually. He was a smart man."
Utley is survived by his wife, Gertje, an art historian.