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Visitation and Services Saturday for Al Mann

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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.

After graduation 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 both wars.

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.

His network 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 other markets.

Al rounded out his career as a Public Relations spokesperson for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington, DC.

Among his 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 neighbors.

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.

Memorial contributions may be to St. Johnís United Church.



Posted 2/16/2017




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