Oskaloosa native and journalist Steve Bell dies

Longtime ABC News anchor and reporter and Oskaloosa native Steve Bell has died.  Bell died Friday (1/25) in Muncie, Indiana.  He was 83.  Bell’s broadcasting career began in Oskaloosa on what was then KBOE-AM while he was in high school.  He went on to graduate from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.  From there Bell worked in Omaha and New York City before getting a job with ABC Radio News in 1967.   He covered the Vietnam War, Robert Kennedy’s assassination and Watergate, before being named news anchor for ABC Television’s “Good Morning America” in 1975.  Bell left ABC in 1986 to anchor local news in Philadelphia….and in 1992, he taught broadcast news at Ball State University. He had that job before retiring in 2007.  Steve Bell is survived by his wife Joyce and daughters Allison and Hillary.  A plaque detailing Steve Bell’s career is in the Alley in downtown Oskaloosa.


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