Richard Valeriani Dies: NBC Newsman Who Covered Civil Rights Movement & Nixon Was 85

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Richard Valeriani, a longtime NBC News correspondent who covered the civil rights movement and the Johnson and Nixon administrations from the network’s Washington D.C., bureau, died today. He was 85. He would spend 31 years as an on-air correspondent for NBC Nightly News and often appeared on Today. Colleagues would say Valeriani was "always the first" journalist to get to the scene to report a story, which is how they knew it was significant. A native of Camden, NJ, who…