Former AP Latin America bureau chief dies

This May 13, 2006 photo provided by his daughter, Britta Dysart, shows former Associated Press journalist William Heath in San Diego. Heath, an award-winning journalist and former bureau chief for the AP who oversaw news coverage during some of Latin America's most turbulent times, has died at the age 78. Heath, who headed AP bureaus in Peru, Venezuela and Argentina, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at a New Mexico hospital as a result of complications following colon cancer surgery, family members said. He retired from AP in 1998 and had lived in New Mexico for the past few years. An Idaho native, Heath graduated from the University of New Mexico and was first hired by the Albuquerque bureau of AP in 1961 for a temporary assignment that kicked off a decades-long career with the news organization. (AP Photo/Courtesy Britta Dysart)ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico (AP) — William Heath, an award-winning journalist and former bureau chief for The Associated Press who oversaw news coverage during some of Latin America's most turbulent times, has died. He was 78.


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