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Former Rochester TV reporter Karow dies

Ed Karow, who covered the 1980 Winter Olympics with its "Miracle on Ice'' among his 35 years of sports reporting for KSTP-TV, died Wednesday at his home in Bloomington after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was 65.

Karow joined KSTP in 1968 as an executive producer for news and later moved to the sports department as a producer, writer, reporter and anchor for such staples as "The Bud Grant Show," "The Joe Salem Show'' and "The Lou Holtz Show."

"He was the glue to our department," said Joe Schmit, sports director. "In this business, it seems a lot of reporters try to make themselves part of the story. Ed never did that. He loved to tell the story about the people. He was just a conduit. He did it the right way."

Karow graduated from Winona State College with a bachelor's degree in public speaking and English in 1960. He worked as a news reporter, producer and anchor at KROC-TV in Rochester in the early 1960s before joining KSTP Radio as the national radio editor. After a stint with NBC in Cleveland, Karow returned to the Twin Cities in 1968 for KSTP-TV.

One of the highlights of Karow's lengthy career was producing and anchoring KSTP's coverage of the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the U.S. hockey team won the gold medal.

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In addition to his wife, Karow is survived by children Edward, Maren and Aaron, all of the Twin Cities.

Funeral arrangements were pending.

Source: Knight Ridder Newspapers

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