Al Mann, former ABC
Evening Report anchorman, network correspondent and local station news
director passed away peacefully on February 9, 2017.
Born in Point, TX,
on August 29, 1926, Alís parents were E.L. Mann and Catherine (nee
Arrington) Mann, both deceased.
Al started his news
and broadcasting careers while in high school in Wichita Falls, TX. He
reported on high school events for the local paper and combined some on-air
activities at KWFT, a commercial radio station in Wichita Falls. At 14, he
took a semester away from school to serve as a page in the Senate of the
47th Texas State Legislature.
from high school in 1943, Al entered the U.S. Navy in June 1944. He was
aboard ship in port near the USS Missouri as the documents ending World War
II were signed. World War II would not end his service to his country. He
was recalled during the Korean Conflict and, thus, is a combat veteran of
After World War II,
Al enrolled at Southern Methodist University, sampling studies in law and
theology, but broadcasting beckoned to him. He settled on studies in
business administration and worked part-time at KIXL radio. Then he was
recalled to service.
After the Korean
Conflict, Al returned to Texas to television station, WFAA-TV in Dallas.
This would lead to positions with ABC-TV in New York, Chicago and Los
Angeles where he was a correspondent pursuing the story of the Civil Rights
Movement of the 1960ís.
anchoring duties included stints on the ABC Afternoon Report, and the ABC
Evening Report - co-anchoring with Bill Lawrence and John Cameron Swayze.
After serving as an
anchorman at CBS-owned KNXT in Los Angeles in the 1960ís, Al became News
Director of CBS-owned KMOX-TV, St. Louis. This led to the same job at WBBM-TV,
Chicago. From there, he became a News Director in Pittsburgh, PA, along with
Al rounded out his
career as a Public Relations spokesperson for the Department of Veterans
Affairs in Washington, DC.
professional achievements is a Los Angeles Emmy Award for local news. When
asked what he enjoyed most in life, Al would say ďBeing a reporter -
covering exciting, interesting stories. Itís been more fun than anything
anyone can do and I enjoyed it to the end.Ē And he did, producing a daily
newsletter distributed via email to more than 150 interested friends and
Al settled in
Chesterton in 2006, while his son, John, was General Manager of WSBT-TV in
South Bend. He became active in St. Johnís United Church.
His wife, Aurora,
predeceased him. He is survived by a brother, Monty (Mary), of Oxford, GA
and by a son, John (Ginny), of Davenport, IA, and his daughter, Lisa King,
of Lombard, IL, along with grandchildren, Wyatt Mann, Eileen, Annie, Sarah
and Emily King.
He leaves behind
close friends - Tom (Donna) Becherer of Louisville, KY; Peter (Susan) DeWitt
of Chesterton; Alice (Marko) Stepanovich of Chesterton; and Maggie (Dean)
Hultman of Porter.
Friends may meet
with the family on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at 10:00 a.m., at St. Johnís
United Church, 225 W. Lincoln Avenue, Chesterton, IN. A memorial service
will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Reverend Aaron Ban officiating.
contributions may be to St. Johnís United Church.