WREG political commentator Norm Brewer dies at 76 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

WREG political commentator Norm Brewer dies at 76

Norm Brewer (Source: WREG) Norm Brewer (Source: WREG)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Norm Brewer, a political analyst and commentator at WREG, has died of cancer. He was 76.

The television station said Monday he died Sunday after a long battle with the disease. Despite his health problems, Brewer continued to give his daily news commentaries, which he had been doing at WREG since 1995.  Previously, he worked at WMC-TV  5.

During his presentations on WREG, Brewer was often seen with a rolled-up paper in one hand as he offered his viewpoint on everything from city schools to political leaders.

WREG-TV President and General Manager Ron Walter said Brewer "never shied away from taking decisive positions he felt were proper and in the best interest of Memphis, the state and nation."

Meanwhile, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton released a statement that said, "The people of Memphis lost a powerful ally today with the unfortunate passing of Norm Brewer.  Norm's peerless knowledge of the city made him a truly irreplaceable Memphis institution. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones during this difficult time."

Brewer also partnered with The Commercial Appeal editorial page editor Otis Sanford in televised political debates and on election nights.

Copyright 2010 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. The AP contributed to this story.

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