Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe, a former Meet the Press host, has died. He was 90.

Monroe died Thursday at a Washington-area nursing home following complications from hypertension, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A New Orleans native and Tulane University graduate, Monroe served in the Air Force during World War II before beginning his television journalism career at his hometown NBC affiliate, WDSU.

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In 1961, Monroe moved to Washington, where he became NBC's bureau chief. He worked on the Today show, winning a Peabody Award in 1972, and served as one of four regular weekly panelists on Meet the Press. He succeeded Lawrence Spivak as Meet the Press host in 1975, becoming the show's fourth moderator. He left the post in 1984.

Monroe, whose wife died in 2008, is survived by four daughters and five grandchildren.