BOSTON, Mass. (AP) — William Worthy, a foreign correspondent who defied U.S. travel bans to Cold War adversaries of the United States, has died. The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University announced Worthy’s death in Brewster, Massachusetts, on May 4. He was 92.
Worthy, a reporter for the Baltimore Afro-American and correspondent for CBS News, defied travel restrictions by traveling to China in the 1950s.
The government refused to renew his passport and he visited Cuba in the early 1960s without a passport. 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 1964 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.