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      TV newsman and SUNY Oswego professor Garrick Utley dies at 74

      Garrick Utley

      NBC News says veteran reporter and SUNY Oswego professor Garrick Utley has died of cancer. He was 74.

      Utley began at NBC News in 1963, where for three decades he handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated "Meet the Press." He joined Oswego State's faculty in 2012 as a professor of broadcasting and journalism.

      He once speculated that he may have been the only person at NBC News who handled every type of programming as host or anchor.

      In 1993, he left NBC to be a foreign correspondent for ABC News. He reported for CNN from 1997 to 2002.

      Standing a lanky 6-foot-6, Utley was known for his courtly and knowledgeable on-the-air manner.

      An opera buff, he was also a host of PBS' "Live From the Met."