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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Director's Cut Alert: Former WKYC News Director Passes Away

The Director's Cut Blog has learned from former WKYC Production Manager Rich O'Dell that former WKYC News Director Paul Beavers has died. Paul worked at Channel 3 beginning around 1987 through March 1992 when he left to beome News Director at KUSI in San Diego.

Paul ended his journey on earth at his Reno home [on April 10th] with his loving wife and children, and a wonderful hospice nurse at his side after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Hastings, NE. He spent his youth in Edgar, NE graduating from Edgar High.

He earned his journalism degree from UNO and started his television news career with KMTV in Omaha before joining NBC in Los Angeles. His broadcast journalism career took him around the country before he retired to Reno.

Paul's passion was golf (he could claim two holes-in-one) and he loved, fishing, Amateur (Ham) radio, bridge and traveling. Paul was loved by all who had the honor of knowing him. He had a brilliant mind and a gentle spirit and inspired all to act with kindness and integrity.

Rich O'Dell, now Vice President/General Manger of Gannett owned station WLTX in Columbia, South Carolina, fondly remembers Paul, "He was one of the good guys...a true journalist who always made sure that the focus of Channel 3 News was on the people of NE Ohio. Paul championed investigative journalism and challenged the entire team to be the best. During his life, he mentored so many young journalists who learned from the best. Broadcasting will miss Paul Beavers."

Rich jokingly tells the Director's Cut Blog that Paul's claim to fame is that he discovered Jane Pauley, "At least that's what he said," O'Dell added.

Paul is survived by his wife of 47 years Dorene; children Thomas, Gregg (Krista) and Jonette Ayubi (John-Paul) and 8 grandchildren.

A Memorial Service was held on Thursday, April 15th at South Reno United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to St. Mary's Hospice and CaringBridge.org.

Courtesy: Omaha.com
Photo Courtesy: Reno Gazette-Journal

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