Former ITN correspondent Ken Rees has died aged 76.
The reporter passed away from cancer, his family confirmed.
Mr Rees was a familiar face on ITN throughout the 80s and 90s, as he covered the civil war in Beirut, the Falklands campaign and the first Gulf War in 1991.
In the mid-80s, Rees was promoted to the ITN Washington office, where he worked alongside Jon Snow.
In 1986, he was named reporter of the year by the Royal Television Society, with the judges praising him for ‘his ability to report effectively and sympathetically on every kind of story from hard news to personal human tragedy’.
In the wake of his death, former colleagues have paid tribute to Mr Rees.
Nigel Hancock, his former chief news editor at ITN, said: ‘Ken was a legend in television news.
‘He stood near six-and-a-half feet tall and when he came to town, its people knew it.
‘I have never known a reporter more determined to track down the news, to find that sometimes illusory truth.’
His former ITN colleague John Toker added: ‘Ken Rees had a voracious appetite for a story and was ultra-competitive in his approach, an attitude which made him beloved of his ITN news editors and producers and feared by his opposites at the BBC and the American news organisations.
‘The fact that he stood 6ft 5in tall and, unusually for the time, wore a beard, meant he could impose himself and take charge of any media scrum. And he often did.’
Mr Rees is survived by his wife Lynne, son Christian, daughter Samantha, and three grandchildren.
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