Ed Schultz, the longtime Fargo-Moorhead radio and television broadcaster who took his shows to national prominence, died Thursday at his home in Washington, D.C.
More on Schultz's rise to fame below, but the 64-year-old was eulogized on the air during a special 30-minute newscast by his most recent employer, RT America. Among his co-workers at network is longtime television and radio host, Larry King.
"I thought he was a terrific anchor," said King. "He told it straight down, gave you the facts as they were warranted. He was a wonderful person and a great asset to any news organization. RT is going to have a tough time filling that hole."
Schultz went from a modest Fargo-Moorhead area market as sportscaster and turned himself into nationally known political talk show host.
After playing quarterback at Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Schultz took his sports knowledge to the broadcast booth, serving as WDAY's play-by-play voice of North Dakota State University football from 1988-1996, and later the voice of UND football from 1998-2002.
All the while, Schultz was a rising star as a political talk show host, taking The Ed Schultz show from KFGO's studios to more than 100 stations nationwide. In 2009, he was hired by MSNBC and began broadcasting from New York City.
His radio show continued to blossom until 2014, when he decided to drop the microphone to focus on his MSNBC program, The Ed Show, which after five years was selected to fill the late-night time slot vacated by Keith Olbermann's departure.
At RT America he was the host of The News With Ed Schultz.
"Ed was a good example of what America is. I'm going to miss him terribly," said King. "He leaves behind the legacy of honesty, direct reporting, great on camera, great journalist. He will be long remembered and long missed."