1942 - 2013
Veteran news correspondent Skip Loescher passed away at his home in Annapolis, MD on Friday, October 4, 2013. Loescher was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease four years ago.
Loescher was the only child of Carl and Alma Loescher. He grew up in Chicago and began his career in broadcasting when he was a student at Indiana State University. He worked at several stations in the Midwest before serving more than 20 years with WCCO-TV in Minneapolis/St. Paul. He married the former Betty Gruenwald and had three children, Jeffery, Michael and Suzzanne. They were divorced, and in 1973 he married Beverly Braun, mother of Stephen and Leslie. Loescher took a brief break from broadcasting to work as then Senator Walter Mondale's press secretary, but after Mondale was elected Vice President, Loescher went back to journalism. Skip was named WCCO's first St. Paul Bureau Chief reporting live from WCCO's bureau and studio in downtown St. Paul.
Loescher's final assignment for WCCO was as its first Washington Bureau Chief anchoring one of the first regular live-by-satellite news cut-ins five nights a week. In 1990 he joined CNN as Washington Bureau Chief for their Newsource affiliate service. Though Loescher's primary work was covering politics, he also covered many other stories including both Gulf Wars, hurricanes, tornados, floods, plane crashes, Princess Diana's funeral in London and 9/11, for which he was awarded Emmy recognition. Loescher retired in 2004. In addition to his love of family, Loescher loved dogs, hockey and baseball. He worked with the Humane Society and Chow Rescue and rooted for the Washington Capitals and the Washington Nationals. Loescher was a bright, hard working and caring man with a great sense of humor who will be missed by his family, friends and fans. He is survived by his wife, his mother-in-law Phyllis Beadle, his five children and their spouses and 13 grandchildren, Nick, Aiden, Sophia, Will, Emma, Nicole, Tyler, Sean, Christian, Julia, Alex, Kate and Ellie.
A memorial service for Loescher will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the National Parkinson's Foundation or the SPCA.