NEW YORK — NBC News says veteran reporter Garrick Utley has died of cancer. He was 74.

Utley began at NBC News in 1963, where for three decades he handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated “Meet the Press.”

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He once speculated that he may have been the only person at NBC News who handled every type of programming as host or anchor.

In 1993, he left NBC to be a foreign correspondent for ABC News. He reported for CNN from 1997 to 2002.

Standing a lanky 6-foot-6, Utley was known for his courtly and knowledgeable on-the-air manner.

An opera buff, he was also a host of PBS’ “Live From the Met.”