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Ex-Tucson newsman Lou Waters leaving CNN after 21-year stint

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

ATLANTA – Lou Waters, a former Tucson broadcaster who has anchored news for CNN since its launch in 1980, is leaving the network.

Waters will become managing editor for NewsProNet, a company that produces prepackaged news features for local television stations, a CNN spokesman said yesterday.

Waters and Natalie Allen anchored “CNN Live Today,” a weekday afternoon newscast. The program has disappeared in recent weeks along with much of CNN’s regular programming to make way for coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

From 1977 until he left for CNN, Waters anchored newscasts at KVOA-TV Channel 4 and at KOLD-TV Channel 13.

At CNN he anchored seven hours of continuous coverage after the explosion of space shuttle Challenger in 1986.

He also anchored parts of the network’s 24-hour-a-day coverage of the Persian Gulf War and reported live from Macedonia during NATO’s air campaign against Yugoslavia in 1999.

His duties for NewsProNet, which is based in the Atlanta suburb of Alpharetta, will include appearing on-air.

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