News 12 Anchor Tom Campbell dies after battle with cancer

Tom Campbell
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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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