PBS NewsHour Producer Callan Dies at 57

Longtime NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Staffer Succumbs to Injuries Suffered in Fire
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Liz Callan, 57, longtime producer for PBS’ NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, died Friday at the Washington Hospital Center of injuries suffered in a fire July 20 at her home in Georgetown.


Callan joined the show as a producer in 1987. Most recently, she worked in its health and policy unit, where she produced stories on childhood cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and the health implications of the war in Iraq.

She also produced series of stories from El Salvador, Honduras, Chile and Nicaragua during the 1980s, including an interview with a Contra commander from inside Nicaragua during the United States-backed war against the Sandinista government.

Before joining NewsHour, Callan was a writer and producer for NBC News in New York.

Survivors include her daughter, Gabriella, of Washington, D.C., and two brothers.


Lehrer had not put out a statement at press time, but was expected to comment on her death during Monday night's show.

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