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Morton Dean


Morton Dean is an American Television and Radio Anchor. Morton Dean is also a News Correspondent as well as an Author. He has been able to work as a weekend news anchor for CBS Evening News and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Early Life and Childhood

Morton Dean was born on August 22, 1935, in Fall River, Massachusetts, USA. He is 88 years old and is under the astrological sign, Leo. He holds American nationality and his full name is Morton Dean Dubitsky.

His father’s name is Joseph Dubitsky and his mother’s name is Celia (Schwartz) Dubitsky. He has six siblings but only two of their names are known and they are Thomas Dean and Charles Dean. Moreover, he and his family are of Jewish descent.

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Caption: Morton Dean along with his friends (Source: ArtSpeak)

Morton Dean – Education

Regarding Dean’s educational background and qualifications, he attended B.M.C. Durfee High School in Fall River. Then, in the year 1957, he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English from Emerson College in Boston.

During his college years, he was captain of the basketball team and president of his fraternity, Alpha Pi Theta. He even was able to participate in The Berkeley Beacon student newspaper as well as the WERS radio station. Then, again in the year 1977, he received a Doctor of Law, an honorary degree from his alma mater.

Moreover, the television studio and publications centre at the high school was named the Morton Dean Television Studio in his honour in 1983. And, in 2011, he was presented with the key to the city of Fall River by former mayor Willian Flanagan.

Career and Professional Life

Morton Dean started his career in the year 1957 as a reporter. He later became news director at Westchester County, New York, radio station WVIP which became the flagship station for the Herald Tribune Radio Network.

In the year 1960, he was the program director of WVOX New Rochelle. Then, from the year 1961 to 1964, he was able to become a reporter for the radio station WBZ in Boston. He even won a UPI Broadcasters Association of Massachusetts Award in the year 1962.

Likewise, he went on to join WCBS-TV in 1964 as a reporter and anchor. Also, after a few years, he moved to the CBS network and later succeeded Walter Cronkite as the principal space correspondent for CBS covering the U.S. space program, national politics, and the Vietnam War.

He was able to become the anchor of the CBS Sunday Night News in late 1975. Later in the year 1976, he moved to the CBS Sunday Evening News until 1984.

He even was able to anchor weekday afternoon and evening editions of the 90-second Newsbreak updates. He even reported on the Iran hostage crisis, the Space Shuttle Columbia missions, the Salvadoran Civil War, the U.S. Invasion of Grenada, and the Falklands War.

Morton was able to anchor the Independent Network News newscast for about three years. Then, in September 1988, Dhe went on to join ABC News as a correspondent and covered the return to space following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster.

He even was the first television journalist to report from inside Kuwait following the Iraqi invasion. He reported about the Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm, the Ross Perot presidential campaign, the Somali Civil War, Operation Provide Relief, and the first World Trade Center bombing by terrorists.

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Caption: Morton Dean reporting on national television (Source: Youtube)

More About Career

Likewise, he became the news anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in the year 1993. And, until 1996, he was able to present the newscasts on the morning show.

He even went to Nairobi to cover the 1998 United States embassy bombings. Morton was very enthusiastic about his work and went to all kinds of places just to report about it on the television. He reported Operation Infinite Reach and NATO air attacks.

Moreover, in the year 2002, Dean was able to narrate and host a series of documentaries for A&E and The History Channel. Also, reported and hosted a monthly 60-minute cable network science show.

He is also a freelance writer and occasionally writes on subjects of personal interest. These include stories about the Boston Red Sox and his latest journey to Cuba, 50 years after his 1959 interview with Fidel Castro. He is the co-author of “Hello World!” and “The Return to Glory Days”.

Furthermore, Morton Dean has been able to receive many awards for his reporting such as a National Emmy, an Overseas Press Club Award and a UPI Golden Mike Award.

He even won a UPI Broadcasters Association of Massachusetts Award for aiding in the capture of a murder suspect. In the year 1981, when he was working at CBS News Sunday Morning, he received an Outstanding Documentary Program Emmy for “Louis is 13”.

He even got nominated for a national Emmy Award and was part of the ABC news team which won an Emmy Award. It was for Outstanding News and Documentary Program Achievement for ABC 2000: The Millennium.

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Caption: Morton Dean reporting through video call (Source: ArtSpeak)

Relationship Status

Morton Dean tied the knot with Lonnie Reed. Lonnie Reed is his second wife. The couple has two daughters and a son together. And, he divides his time between homes in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and Truro, Massachusetts so that he can be with his wife.

Body Measurements

Morton Dean has a height of 6 feet 1 inch and his weight is 88 Kg. His other body measurements such as his chest size, waist size, and bicep size, are 41-31-17 inches respectively. Moreover, Dean has brown eyes and used to have brown hair but as he is getting old, his hair is getting white.

Social Media

Morton Dean is not active on any social media platforms. He might have wanted to stay away from the social world and live a normal life without interference from it. Also, as he is getting old, he might not know much about the social world.

Net Worth 2023

As per allfamousbirthdays, Morton Dean has a net worth of $5 million and he is one of the richest Journalists in the USA.