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Robert Dyk, 71; TV reporter

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Associated Press / March 24, 2008

FALMOUTH, Maine - Robert Dyk, a longtime Maine broadcaster and a former television network correspondent who covered the hostage crisis in Iran, died Saturday of cancer. He was 71.

Mr. Dyk began his career as an editorial assistant with CBS News during coverage of the 1960 Democratic convention.

Through the years, he worked on TV and in radio around the world, covering stories as diverse as the death of Winston Churchill, rioting in Los Angeles, and bloodshed in Beirut.

He went to work for ABC News in 1978 and was on the scene for the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy and the seizure of American hostages in Tehran.

He moved to Maine in 1987 and worked as an anchor and reporter for WMTW-TV and on the radio.

Mr. Dyk leaves his wife, Patricia; a daughter, Gaby; a son, Tom; a sister, Mary Greenacre, and a brother Jim.

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