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Former KMOV News 4 reporter Herb Humphries dies

August 25, 2003

The Channel 4 newsroom is mourning one of its own. Herb Humphries died in his sleep Saturday night at his Texas home.

For twenty years Humphries covered the news of the day in St. Louis, along the way garnering a reputation for finding the offbeat story and telling it in a way few other reporters could.

A lifelong newsman, Humphries started out at a small newspaper in Midland, Texas, before he moved to radio. During the 1960s, Humphries worked for the first all-news radio station in New York City, WINS, before moving in the late 1960s to its counterpart in Los Angeles, KFWB.

In 1974, he came to St. Louis to what was then KMOX-TV. He stayed in St. Louis for two decades. His trademark cowboy hat and Texas drawl were a fixture on the ten o'clock news.

“For News 4, this is Herb Humphries, nightside,” was his signature outcue.

In 1994 Herb retired and moved back to Texas, where he said the bass were bigger.

Herb Humphries was 71. His son, Victor and daughter, Mary, survive him.

Funeral arrangements are pending