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CNN correspondent John Holliman killed in auto accident

September 12, 1998
Web posted at: 2:43 p.m. EDT (1843 GMT)

ATLANTA (CNN) -- John Holliman, who with Bernard Shaw and Peter Arnett stunned a global audience with exclusive live reporting on CNN of the 1991 air raids on Baghdad, died this morning in an automobile accident near his home in suburban Atlanta. He was 49.

Holliman joined CNN in early 1980 as part of the original CNN reporting team and was the first correspondent hired for the Washington, D.C., bureau.

"John Holliman was one of a kind -- a CNN original," said Tom Johnson, CNN News Group chairman. "He passionately loved his family, his friends and his job. John's smile, his humor and his contagious optimism brightened the lives of all who met him. He was simply one of the most loved members of the CNN family.

"John was also a terrific journalist. As one of the 'boys of Baghdad,' he showed great courage reporting as allied bombs fell all around them."

"John was so enthusiastic about his upcoming assignment to co-anchor with Walter Cronkite the return to space of John Glenn. I expect he'll be up there watching the mission from the heavens, probably shouting, 'Holy cow, what a sight!'"

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