Longtime NBC Newsman Irving R. Levine Dies

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Boca Raton, FL (AP) -- Irving R. Levine, the NBC newsman who explained the fine points of economics for nearly a quarter century, has died. He was 86.

Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, says Levine died Thursday. Further details were not released.

The bow-tied Levine was a presence at NBC since 1950 when he began covering the Korean War until his retirement in 1995.

His overseas assignments included stints in Moscow and Rome.

He had become the network's full-time economics correspondent in 1971. He did weekly commentaries on CNBC in later years and appeared on "Meet the Press" more than 100 times.

After retiring from NBC in 1995, Levine joined Lynn University as Dean of the College of International Communication.

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