I had the honor of being Skip's photog for the last four years of the WCCO Washington Bureau. There was no better reporter than Skip to share the foxhole of broadcast journalism - not only did he understand the medium, the story and the politics, he was also always willing to carry the tripod and the light case. Together we dragged a ridiculous amount of gear through the halls of Congress, down to the White House and into every federal agency. The stories ranged from the common to the complex but on big news events like Iran-Contra and the fall of Iron Curtain, he shone. His outstanding reporting and writing made the confusing clear to the folks back in the Midwest - there was nobody better at putting words and pictures together.
Even though he was my boss, he always treated me as a colleague and a collaborator. Behind the face of a serious and focused correspondent was a whole lot of compassion, heart and humor. Those of us in both Minneapolis and in Washington who worked with him were very lucky – we had the privilege of standing shoulder to shoulder with one of the best of our business.
Anne and I send our deepest sympathies to Bev and the family. Please know that Skip's life will be remembered and celebrated by many for years to come.