Carolina native, NPR newscaster Carl Kasell of ‘Wait, Wait’ dies at 84


Carl Kasell, longtime newscaster, University of North Carolina alumnus and co-founder of radio station WUNC, has died, NPR reported.

Kasell died Tuesday from complications from Alzheimer's disease in Potomac, Maryland. He was 84.

Kasell was the voice of NPR news for 30 years, beginning in 1975 part time before becoming the network's full-time morning newscaster in 1977, followed by the Peabody Award-winning "Morning Edition" program in 1979, before he joined "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" as judge and official scorekeeper of the news quiz show. He had a 50-year career in broadcasting.

Kasell retired from NPR's popular "Wait Wait ..." in 2014.

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