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William Worthy, defiant global correspondent, dies

William Worthy, global reporter who defied Cold War travel bans to US adversaries, dies at 92

FILE - In a Feb. 25, 1957 file photo, William Worthy, Afro-American correspondent for the Baltimore Weekly, at the U.S. Passport Agency in New York. W...
FILE - In a April 16, 1964 file photo, newsman William Worthy, 42, left, and attorney William Kunstler hold an application for new passport and the $1...

Obit Worthy

FILE - In a Feb. 25, 1957 file photo, William Worthy, Afro-American correspondent for the Baltimore Weekly, at the U.S. Passport Agency in New York. W...

Obit Worthy

FILE - In a April 16, 1964 file photo, newsman William Worthy, 42, left, and attorney William Kunstler hold an application for new passport and the $1...

BOSTON (AP) -- A foreign correspondent who defied travel bans to Cold War adversaries of the United States has died. William Worthy was 92.

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University announced Worthy died May 4 in Brewster, Massachusetts.

Worthy was a reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American and correspondent for CBS News when he defied travel restrictions by traveling to China in the 1950s.

The government refused to renew his passport, so he visited Cuba in the early 1960s without one. On his return, he was convicted of entering the country illegally. A federal court declared the law unconstitutional.

Folk singer Phil Ochs celebrated him in "The Ballad of William Worthy."

Worthy again challenged the U.S. government by reporting from Iran in the early 1980s after the Islamic revolution toppled the shah.