News 12 Anchor Tom Campbell dies after battle with cancer

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- News 12's Anchor Tom Campbell died Wednesday morning.

Tom had been battling cancer for more than a year and retired from News 12 in December.

He had a 44-year career in journalism and started at News 12 in December 1995.

Prior to joining News 12, Tom had experience working as an anchor/reporter in several cities, including WTXL in Tallahassee, Fla., WCMH in Columbus, Ohio; KBMT in Beaumont, Texas; KSBY in San Luis Obispo, Calif.; KTRK in Houston, Texas; and WTVN in Columbus, Ohio.

Tom's first big story was the collapse of the Silver Bridge over the Ohio River in 1967 that killed 46 people. In 1968, Tom covered his first of many presidential campaigns, interviewing Richard Nixon and Robert Kennedy. Kennedy's interview would be one of his last before his assassination. The following year Tom reported reaction to Astronaut Neil Armstrong's walk on the moon from the astronaut's hometown.

In his years of reporting, Tom traveled all over the United States and to foreign countries. In the 80s, Tom reported on the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and filed reports from Ellis Island. Reporting has also taken Tom to China for three weeks and to Haiti twice. When an Amtrak passenger train derailed in Mobile, Ala., killing 47 people, Tom filed live reports from the scene.

Tom was a native of Delaware, Ohio, and attended Ohio Wesleyan and Ohio State Universities.

In lieu of flowers, Tom requested donations be made to Golden Harvest Food Bank.

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  • by John Location: Wagener, SC on May 9, 2012 at 05:24 PM
    As one who has punched the plate high power button on the transmitter too many times over the years, I must say that WRDW and the CSRA have been blessed to have Tom Campbell share the stories of so many. In our Internet-accessible world, it's the smaller-market broadcasters like WRDW that prove to be the heart and soul of broadcasting. And, professionals like Tom Campbell are the heart and soul of those stations. Godspeed Tom and Buddy...
  • by Lana Location: Delaware, Ohio on May 6, 2012 at 01:52 PM
    My prayers are with Tom's family during this difficult time. May the promised Comforter bring you all peace. (I was a high school classmate of Tom's sister, Ann.)
  • by sandra Location: augusta on May 4, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    my heart and prayers go out to the family and the station for your loss. he did not go on that journey alone, he had Buddy with him, thank goodness. they went as a team as they were in life and Tom doesn't have to worry about him.
  • by Tammie Location: NC on May 4, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    My heart and prayers go to Tom's family and his family at Channel 12 news! May GOD bless and keep you all.
  • by Joan Location: Augusta on May 3, 2012 at 06:45 PM
    My Heart and prayers are with u Tom to that journey home, we call eternal resting place.
  • by The Raborn Family Location: Aiken County on May 3, 2012 at 08:37 AM
    Prayers going out to the family, friends, and coworkers of Mr. Tom Campbell. May u rest in a paradise free of pain with your beloved Buddy. God Bless.
  • by Anonymous Location: Martinez on May 3, 2012 at 08:16 AM
    God's speed to Tom and Buddy. They're off on a new adventure that we can't see. My thoughts and prayers are with Tom's family and friends. May God give you strength in your time of sorrow.
  • by mary Location: avera ga on May 3, 2012 at 08:14 AM
    I was sorry to hear of the loss of TOM CAMPBELL. He was part of my TV FAMILY. I enjoyed seeing his pleasant face and hearing him give the news on WRDW. He was a treasure and he will be missed.
  • by Nanci-Jo Location: Ball Ground, Ga. on May 3, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    My smpathy to Tom's family. We were all Delaware, Ohio residentsn, and to Ann, my high school classmate, my prayers are with you.
  • by Priscilla Location: Aiken County on May 3, 2012 at 06:42 AM
    Tom was a rare mix of class, style, professionism, knowledge, humor and grace. He was, indeed, like a member of our family. We looked forward to hearing his calming voice and seeing his handsome features and even more beautiful persona every day. He was much loved and will be very much missed.
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