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Roger Mudd On Death Of Wife: Family, Net Worth, Health & More

Date: 06 Dec, 2018

Roger Mudd On Death Of Wife: Family, Net Worth, Health & More

Despite suffering the loss of a family member, Roger Mudd had to make himself strong. The Mudd family which consisted of six members was bereaved of a vital member and yet managed to pick themselves up and get along with their life. 

The 90-year-old veteran journalist peeked into the American households and provided timely updates on contemporary issues through his role of a correspondent and anchor. Serving for various American channels, NBC, PBS, CBS, and the History Channel, Roger has received several awards including Joan Shorenstein Award and the Peabody Award.

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Roger Mudd has been able to shine his trophy cabinet with accolades like; five-time Emmy winning broadcast journalist and anchor, the recipient of the Joan Shorenstein Award for Distinguished Washington Reporting and Peabody Award. 

Know About Roger's Family; His Bio Reveals

On 9 February 1928, Roger was born to parents; John Kostka Dominic Mudd, father and Irma Iris Harrison, mother.

Profession-wise, Mudd’s family were very blessed. His father served as a map maker for the US Geological Survey, and his mother was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Nursing Corps.

As being born in such an educated family, Mudd was always focused on his education bound.

Mudd graduated with B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University and received M.A. degree from the University of North Carolina in 1950.

Get Along Roger's Professional Career; What Is His Net Worth?

Roger started his career in journalism by serving as a reporter for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. After his term at the paper, he joined WTOP News, a DC-based TV channel as a reporter. Climbing up the ladder quickly, Roger was already an anchor for the network, before joining the National Broadcaster CBS Washington in 1961. 

At CBS,  he covered Congress and national politics and often subbed for Walter Cronkite until 1981. However, he left the network in after being snubbed for the role of a regular weeknight host in 1981. 

He left CBS to join NBC, where he co-anchored Nightly News and Meet the Press before moving on as a correspondent to the McNeill-Lehrer's Newshour on PBS in 1987. After his brief stint on PBS, he also worked for Academia and The History Channel in the late 1990s before retiring in 2004.

His journey in broadcasting has been littered with memorable moments, including the famous interview with US Presidential Candidate Ted Kennedy. His abrasive questioning led to a mockery of Ted, which led to his defeat by Jim Carter for the president. 

It's not just name and fame that the broadcaster has earned during his time, as he was consistently one of the best-paid broadcasters until his retirement. Despite the exact figure remaining obscure, his net worth is reported to be in millions. 

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All for now, he is actively acting as a member of Delta Tau Delta international fraternity. 

How Roger Met His Wife & Their Relationship Grew?

To be exactly precise, it was during his WTOP days that he met with his future wife, Emma Jeane (EJ) Spears. 

The couple dated for a brief period and later got married. What's more, the couple had a lovely family of three sons and a daughter. Roger in his book The Place to Be released in 2009 described his wife as the vital cog that held on the family together when he was not available.

Similarly, EJ was the tough support for Roger to lean onto during his distressing times after leaving the CBS in 1980. 

The vital cog in the family, EJ Spears was, however, taken away from the Mudd family in 2011. She suffered a heart attack in May 2011 and her health worsened with every passing day. The heart attack turned out to be the cause of her death in July 2011. 

Roger and EJ had been married for more than 60 years and the death of EJ resulted in the loss of support for Roger. What's more, the couple's three sons, Daniel, Jonathan, and Matthew and daughter Maria lost the love and warmth of their mother. 

Death Of Wife Does Not Impede Growth Of Sons And Daughter 

Despite the death of the mother, Daniel continued to excel in his role of business personality while middle son, Jonathan excelled in his music career.

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And other two siblings career has also hit the newer heights and have been making their mother proud.  Roger has been involved in philanthropic works of late and also is busy fulfilling his role of a Trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.

The Mudd family, however, is alive and kicking without being affected by the setback. EJ Spears could be very proud looking at them from up somewhere.