For decades, Chicago TV reporter Russ Ewing was the go-to person for gunmen, hostage-takers, crime suspects and fugitives seeking to surrender to police.
During more 30 years at two Chicago TV stations, more than 115 individuals turned themselves in to the authorities with Ewing’s assistance.
"On the street and with the underworld there’s a better communications system than (the media) has,” Ewing told the Tribune in 1982. “People know who can be trusted, and I think the word has spread that they believe I can be trusted.”
Ewing, 95, died of complications from bladder cancer on Tuesday at his home in Paw Paw, Mich., said Patricia L. Arnold, a longtime friend and former Channel 7 writer and producer who worked frequently with Ewing.