Lloyd Dobyns Jr. Dies: Former NBC News Anchor and Correspondent, was 85

According to his son Ken Dobyns, Peabody Award-winning anchor and former correspondent for NBC News Lloyd Dobyns Jr. passed away on Sunday in Mebane, North Carolina, following complications from a string of strokes. He was 85.

Dobyns, Jr., who worked at NBC from 1969 until 1986, was born on March 12th, 1936 in Newport News, Virginia. While there, he served as the host of the shows Weekend and NBC News Overnight, the latter of which he co-hosted with Linda Ellerbee from 1982 to 1983. He then went on to host Monitor, a fleeting programme on the network.

In a statement, Ken Dobyns revealed that his father passed away on Sunday in Mebane, North Carolina, which is near Raleigh. He claimed that a string of strokes had complications for his father.

According to a statement made by Ken Dobyns and posted online with a Raleigh funeral home, Dobyns worked for NBC News in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. He was well-known in the United States for his collaboration with Linda Ellerbee on the late-night news programme NBC News Overnight in 1982 and 1983.

Dobyns established the tone for Weekend, which was sustained in writing and reporting when he was joined by the equally humorous and droll Ellerbee for the first time on air, according to the statement.

Dobyns hosted the short-lived TV magazine Monitor after departing NBC News Overnight. He covered the Japanese boom at a time when American industry was in trouble in a documentary titled If Japan Can, Why Can’t We? He co-authored several books about Japan’s economic prosperity as a result of the documentary’s success.

While working for NBC News, Dobyns garnered more than twenty accolades for reporting, writing, and anchoring. 1986 saw his retirement.

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