Walter C. Wheeler ’62

Walter C. Wheeler, a broadcast journalist, died Dec. 2, 2017. He was 76. A member of Gamma Psi, he served in the U.S. Army after which he began his broadcast journalism career working for radio stations in Connecticut. In 1968 he joined NBC News in New York City as a radio and TV reporter and news anchor. His career included stints with UPI and CBS, where he was chief political reporter for more than a decade. He was also vice president of news at Empire State Network, a state radio network serving stations across New York, which he founded along with colleagues from WCBS. Later, he served as deputy chief of public affairs at New York State’s Division of Military and Naval Affairs, where he participated in various emergency management exercises, and was the spokesman and webmaster. After retirement he created and maintained websites for commercial, non-profit and municipal entities; he was also a firefighter for many years. Among those who survive are his wife, Linda Wheeler, two daughters, a stepson, two granddaughters, a brother and two sisters, and a large extended family.