RIP Skip Loescher


Skip Loescher, who is best known to TV News people as the reporter that did generic Washington live shots for Newsource has died. 

Loescher passed away at his home in Annapolis, MD on Friday, October 4. Loescher was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease four years ago.

Before going to NewsOurce, Loescher worked at several stations in the Midwest before serving more than 20 years with WCCO-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He also worked as Senator Walter Mondale's press secretary, but after Mondale was elected Vice President, Loescher went back to journalism.

Skip was named WCCO's first St. Paul Bureau Chief reporting live from WCCO's bureau and studio in downtown St. Paul.

In 1990 he joined CNN as Washington Bureau Chief for their Newsource affiliate service. Though Loescher's primary work was covering politics, he also covered many other stories including both Gulf Wars, hurricanes, tornados, floods, plane crashes, Princess Diana's funeral in London and 9/11.

Loescher retired in 2004.

A memorial service for Loescher will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the National Parkinson's Foundation or the SPCA.