‘10 O’Clock’ News Anchor Bill Jorgensen Dead At 96: REPORT

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New York City broadcast news anchor Bill Jorgensen died Wednesday at age 96, according to the New York Post.

Jorgensen’s death was announced in a Thursday Facebook post attributed to his daughter, Rebekah, according to the outlet.

“His ‘never-give-up’ spirit lasted until his end of life, and I just hope to be able to follow his example as long as possible,” the post reads.

Jorgensen hosted “The Ten O’Clock News” on WNEW, now FOX 5 New York, as its founding anchor after being recruited from Cleveland in 1967, according to the outlet. He anchored the program for 12 years, signing off by saying, “Thanking you for your time this time, until next time,” at the end of each broadcast, according to the outlet. (RELATED: ‘It Felt A Little Dirty’: Tucker Carlson Tells Chris Cuomo Why He ‘Went After’ Him)

“I grew up knowing him, behind the scenes, as a man deeply committed to finding the story that put people and their rights in danger, intent on finding innovative ways of telling it,” the Facebook post continues.

The tribute also recalls Jorgensen’s coverage of environmental issues such as Cleveland pollution, in addition to a story of his on Ohio copy editor Robert Manry, who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a 13-foot sailboat in 1965, according to the outlet.

Jorgensen also reported on the case of Dr. Sam Sheppard, according to the outlet. Sheppard was acquitted after being accused of murdering his pregnant wife.

Jorgensen’s daughter said the late-night news anchor allowed her to stay up past her bedtime at age five to attend news broadcasts at night, according to the outlet. She referred to this era as “The Golden Age of News Broadcasting,” the outlet noted.

Jorgensen was famously known for saying the tagline, “It’s 10 o’clock — do you know where your children are?” The promo was written by Bill Epstein in response to a rare visit from the station’s general manager, who “needed something ‘warm and fuzzy’ to try to take the temperature down a bit during the social upheaval of the late 1960s,” according to FOX 5. Eventually, numerous other television personalities would repeat the tagline during nightly broadcasts.

The cause of Jorgensen’s death has not been disclosed.

FOX 5 did not respond to a Daily Caller request for comment.