Eugene Kim, 61, vet­eran AP writer of To­day in His­tor y, dies

South Florida Times - - OBITUARIES -

WASH­ING­TON (AP) - Eugene Kim, a broad­cast writer and edi­tor for The As­so­ci­ated Press who for 34 years wrote the AP's To­day in His­tory fea­ture used by news­pa­pers and broad­cast­ers around the coun­try, has died. He was 61.

Kim, a grad­u­ate of Syra­cuse Univer­sity, be­gan his AP ca­reer in New York in 1981 af­ter work­ing as a news re­porter at ra­dio sta­tions in Con­necti­cut. He moved to Wash­ing­ton in 1983 when the AP re­lo­cated its broad­cast wire op­er­a­tion there. In 1984, he be­came the writer of To­day in His­tory, the daily fea­ture that in­cludes a cap­sule summary of sig­nif­i­cant events that took place on that date.

Kim was known among col­leagues for his dili­gence in re­search­ing items for To­day in His­tory, and his de­ter­mi­na­tion to make sure that ev­ery item was com­plete and ac­cu­rate. In the days be­fore the in­ter­net, he would spend hours at a time at the Li­brary of Congress to pin down names, places and dates. Col­leagues were often able to rely on his en­cy­clo­pe­dic knowledge to fill in gaps on sto­ries they were writ­ing. They also re­mem­bered Kim as un­flap­pable, with a wry sense of hu­mor.

Greg Pep­pers, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer for AP Ra­dio, said Kim would “go the ex­tra mile'' to con­firm de­tails in To­day in His­tory. He said Kim “took each line of it and made it his own.'' Pep­pers de­scribed Kim as a “quiet, stead­fast pres­ence on the broad­cast wire desk.''

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AP writer, Eugene Kim

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