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Remembering NewsHour correspondent Betty Ann Bowser

Betty Ann Bowser, a long-time correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, died Friday night at the age of 73. After working for CBS News during the Walter Cronkite era, she joined the NewsHour as a correspondent in 1986, covering natural disasters, the Oklahoma City bombing, Hurricane Katrina and the fight over the Affordable Care Act.

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  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    Finally tonight, sad news from the "NewsHour" family.

    Betty Ann Bowser, longtime correspondent for the "PBS NewsHour," died Friday night at her home in Ajijic, Mexico. She was 73.

    Betty Ann was a proud Virginian, starting her career in 1985 at WAVY in the Hampton Roads area. Eight years later, she was working for CBS News during the Walter Cronkite era, eventually becoming the co-anchor of a news magazine program, "30 Minutes."

  • Betty Ann Bowser:

    The recovery is still in its early stages.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    She began filing stories for the "NewsHour" as a correspondent in 1986, covering stories like the Oklahoma City bombing, 9/11, and a long list of natural disasters.

    She spent time getting to know victims of those tragedies, and she wasn't afraid to push more well-known public figures for answers, as was the case when she sat down with Donald Trump in 1992.

  • Betty Ann Bowser:

    Are you a Republican or Democrat?

  • Donald Trump:

    I'm probably a Republican, but I'm sort of…

  • Betty Ann Bowser:

    An economic Republican, a social Democrat?

  • Donald Trump:

    Yes, but I'm really for an individual more than I am for a party.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    She always kept digging, asking civil engineers why the levees failed after Hurricane Katrina.

  • Betty Ann Bowser:

    They knowingly built a levee below their own standards in the first place?

  • Man:

    And that's correct.

  • Betty Ann Bowser:

    And now they're building it back to what it was before, and it didn't work.

  • Man:

    And that's correct.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    Shortly before the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Betty Ann was named health correspondent for the "NewsHour." She took viewers to the front lines of the nation's raging health care battles and far beyond the Beltway, where she tried to convey the daily challenges Americans face.

  • Betty Ann Bowser:

    If you live in Lambert and you need groceries, your only option is this convenience store.

  • Hari Sreenivasan:

    We will remember Betty Ann for her tenacity and wit and for the many complex stories she helped us tell.

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