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Journalist Nancy Dickerson dies in N.Y. at age 70

Pioneering woman journalist Nancy Dickerson died Saturday morning as a result of a long illness, New York Hospital said. She was 70.

Dickerson paved the way for female journalists by becoming the first woman news correspondent for CBS News in 1960. She moved to NBC in 1963 and was a news analyst for "Inside Washington" starting in 1971.She covered President John F. Kennedy's funeral, the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, national political conventions and the Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon inaugurations.

Dickerson, who lived in Manhattan, won the Peabody award in 1982 for a TV documentary "784 Days that Changed America From Watergate to Resignation."