Ex-AP foreign correspondent Hal McClure dies

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Associated Press

Posted on May 27, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 28 at 5:01 AM

LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — Hal McClure, who turned a passion for travel and the written word into a career as a foreign correspondent for The Associated Press and later as a documentarian, has died in Southern California. He was 92.

His sister, Virginia McClure, says her brother died Sunday at a Laguna Hills hospital following surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain.

Hal McClure had said he knew he wanted to be a reporter after joining a journalism club in high school.

While stationed in Turkey, McClure convinced the AP to move its center of operations from Istanbul to Tel Aviv, Israel, just weeks before the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. That's according to Marcus Eliason, who was hired by McClure at the Tel Aviv bureau

McClure covered that conflict and big stories across the Middle East and Asia.

After retiring from the AP, McClure and his wife produced travel documentaries.

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