Richard C. Wald, Leader in Print and Network News, Is Dead at 92

He was the last managing editor of The New York Herald Tribune. When that newspaper folded, he went on to top jobs with NBC and ABC News.

Richard C. Wald, who in a long adventure in journalism was the last managing editor of The New York Herald Tribune, ran NBC News in the 1970s and helped turn ABC News into a powerhouse, died on Friday in New Rochelle, N.Y. He was 92.

His son Matthew said the cause was complications of a stroke.

When Mr. Wald joined ABC News as a senior vice president in 1978, it was being remade by its ambitious president, Roone Arledge, who had built his reputation in sports. Mr. Wald and Mr. Arledge, classmates at Columbia College, built up the division, with Mr. Wald as chief overseer of the network’s news programming, including its centerpiece, “World News Tonight.”

“Dick was the perfect No. 2 for Roone because he had

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