His role as Barbara Walters’s on-air partner lasted only two years, but viewers knew him for three decades as a correspondent, anchor and TV host.
Jim Hartz, the low-key, folksy newsman who hosted the “Today” show with Barbara Walters in the mid-1970s, less than halfway through his three-decade television career, died on April 17 in Fairfax County, Va. He was 82.
The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Alexandra Dickson Hartz, told The Washington Post.
Mr. Hartz may have looked boyish when he started the “Today” show job, at 34, succeeding Frank McGee, who had died a few months before at 58, but he was no beginner. He had already spent a decade in New York at WNBC, covering local stories, from John V. Lindsay’s mayoralty through Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral and well into the Watergate scandal.
The news stories he covered while on “Today” included President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation,