More MS news articles for Feb 2002

Obituaries - James Gordon Schmidt

Mon Feb 18, 6:49 PM ET
By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) James Gordon Schmidt, an award-winning television producer and the former director of operations for KYW-TV, died Thursday of cancer at his home in Churchville. He was 67.

Schmidt joined KYW-TV as a producer in 1965 and retired in 1997.

In his 32 years at the station, Schmidt produced news and special event programming, including parades by the Mummers and the city's festivals of tall ships.

In 1982 he won the Peabody Award for a documentary, "Sweet Nothing," about the nation's love of sugar. He won two Iris awards from the National Association of Television Executives and two local Emmys for the station's preseason coverage of the Philadelphia Eagles.

In the early 1990s, Schmidt was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease that sapped his physical skills and eventually forced him to use a walker, but did not stop him from working full time.

He spent nine years at television stations in Des Moines, Iowa; Peoria, Ill.; and Cleveland before settling in Philadelphia.

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