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Former KGUN News Director Forrest Carr dies

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Posted at 4:36 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 07:17:13-05
After a battle with cancer, former KGUN 9 News Director Forrest Carr, passed away Wednesday morning.
 
Deborah Carr, wife of Forrest, posted about his passing on Facebook:
 
It is with a very heavy heart, that I report that my dear, beloved Forrest Carr passed away early this morning after a valiant battle with cancer. Forrest loved life, and, in many ways, had a larger-than-life personality. Even at the final moments, he was smiling and sharing his unique brand of humor. I want to thank you, friends near and far, for your prayers and your kindness to Forrest and I these past difficult months. Forrest made many friends along his life's journey, and I know he would want me to tell you how much he loved you all. Peace be with you.
 
According to Carr's website, he graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in May of 1980.
 
After a brief time as a radio reporter, Carr switched to television, beginning as a copy writer and fill-in reporter before moving into newscast producing.
 
Carr became a TV news director in 1997 and worked in the Memphis, San Antonio, Tampa, Fort Myers, Albuquerque, and Tucson television markets.
 
Carr has received or shared credit in more than 90 professional awards, including a Suncoast Regional Emmy for investigative reporting, two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for investigative reporting, a Walter Cronkite large-market station award for excellence in television political journalism, and a national Edward R. Murrow station award for best website.
 
Carr was the author of the crime/newsroom novel Messages and the sci-fi novel A Journal of the Crazy Year, and is a co-author of Broadcast News Handbook, a college textbook published by McGraw-Hill, now in its fifth edition.
 
Forrest Carr served as the News Director for KGUN from 1997 through 2001 and held the News Director position
for a second time from 2009 through 2013.  He was respected nationally as the creator of the "On Your Side" brand.
 
Dylan Smith with TucsonSentinel.com says Carr battled transitional cell carcinoma and was open about his experiences, discussing his health and death on air and blogging about it.
 
Funeral arrangements for Carr will be announced at a later date.