If you were anywhere near a TV set on Jan. 28, 1986 when the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, chances are you learned the news of the tragedy from NBC News correspondent John Palmer. With NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw temporarily unavailable that afternoon, it was Palmer, the newsreader for Today, who broke in with a special report and stayed with the story for hours as it unfolded.
Anchor and correspondent John Palmer died Saturday after a brief illness, NBC News announced. He was 77.
"We are deeply saddened to share the news that we have lost a valued friend and colleague," NBC News said in a statement. "John was...read more