Forty years ago, on the night of Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered. And Steve North, a young broadcast reporter for the Long Island radio station WLIR, broke the news.
Steve North is a longtime broadcast journalist and freelance print writer. He has worked at ABC-TV, as news director of two NY radio stations, as correspondent/newscast anchor at NBC Radio, and feature reporter/producer at the RKO/United Stations Radio Networks. For 15 years, he was a writer/producer at CNBC-TV and newscast anchor at CNBC Business Radio, before coming to CBS as broadcast writer for the CBS Early Show. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications, including Newsweek.com, People magazine, The Jerusalem Post, Salon.com, and Newsday.
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Steve North was a young broadcast journalist the night John Lennon was shot. He remembers being the first to confirm the horrifying news on the air 30 years ago today.