Don Farmer Biography – Don Farmer Wiki
Don Farmer was a broadcast journalist and news anchor whose work included ABC and NBC News, CNN, and WSB-TV. He worked for ABC and NBC news before becoming one of the original anchors for CNN in Atlanta in 1980.
He began his career as a teenager, reporting for his hometown newspaper in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He was completing his master’s degree when he was offered a plum job with the NBC News election unit in Philadelphia.
In 1965, ABC News hired Farmer. He was based in New York City, becoming a network correspondent at the age of 26, one of the youngest ever hired. On his fifth day, ABC sent him to Alabama to cover civil rights demonstrations. That began his coverage of the historic movement and assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His next assignment was to the Midwest and ABC’s Chicago Bureau where his coverage included the violent anti-war riots at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
In 1970, he met his wife of 49 years, Chris Curle in a TV newsroom. Chris was a reporter at the ABC station in Houston, Texas. Don was there as ABC’s southern Bureau Chief based in Atlanta. Their first date followed their separate coverage of civil unrest involving the Houston school district. Curle said Farmer had the best pickup line ever: “Hey, Chris, what are you doing after the riot?” They married two years later and moved to London, where Don was a key correspondent in ABC’s primary European bureau. They also lived for several years in Germany, where Don was Bureau Chief and international correspondent.
Then ABC moved Don to Washington DC to cover the US Congress, first the House of Representatives and then the Senate. Curle anchored at WJLA, the ABC affiliate in Washington.
When Ted Turner created CNN in 1980, he hired Farmer and Curle to be among its pioneer anchors. Farmer and Curle stayed at CNN until 1987 when they were courted by WSB-TV.
Farmer and Curle ended their TV news careers after ten years anchoring at WSB-TV in Atlanta. While there, Don continued reporting internationally with coverage of the onset of the first Iraq War, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the historic Reagan-Gorbachev summit in Reykjavik and unrest in Central America. They retired there in 1997 but enjoyed part-time work as local newspaper columnists and radio hosts. Farmer also wrote two novels, murder-thrillers set in the TV news business; Roomies: Tales from the Worlds of TV News and Sports; and Deadly News.
Don Farmer Age
He was born on September 27, 1938. He died on March 31, 2021. He was 82 years old.
Don Farmer Wife
Don Farmer was married to Chris Curle, his wife of 49 years. Farmer and Chris Curle met in a TV newsroom in Houston, Texas, in 1970. She was a reporter/anchor at KTRK-TV, the ABC station there. He was there on assignment in his role as southern bureau chief for ABC News, based in Atlanta. The couple married in 1972.
Don Farmer Children
Don Farmer had two children; a daughter, Laurie, and a son, Justin Farmer.
Don Farmer Family
He is survived by his wife, journalist Chris Curle; his daughter, Laurie, her husband Hal Thannisch and sons Cole and Cade; his son, Justin and wife Allison and children Sarah Kate, James and Wallace; his sister, Judy and her family.
Don Farmer Death
Don Farmer passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, at Bentley Village in Naples, Florida. He was 82. His son, Justin Farmer, an anchor at WSB-TV Atlanta announced the news in a statement on Social Media. “With a heavy heart I need to share with y’all that my dad, Don Farmer, passed away comfortably and peacefully yesterday, 3/31, in Naples, Florida,” Justin Farmer wrote.
The statement continued in part: “Dad stayed curious and engaged nearly to the very end. He was born with an abundance of curiosity, integrity and wit. As he got older he grew sentimental. He’d tear up as fast as Nathan Deal when the conversation turned to people or experiences he loved.
“My dad’s drive as an individual and love for this country are among the things that will always live in our family. Same for his love of baseball and his beloved Braves.
“I want to thank many of you for your kindness and friendship to him and for that matter, to me. He loved Atlanta. He loved knowledge and his honesty and goodness are standards that push me to be a better person every single day.”
“There’s only one Don Farmer, and I’ll miss you dad more than words could possibly capture.”
Don Farmer Cause of Death
Don Farmer died from complications related to progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare neurological brain disorder, his wife, Chris Curle, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Don Farmer Net Worth
Don Farmer’s net worth is unclear.