Adam Petlin, who joined Fox News weeks after its debut in 1996 and was longtime head of Chicago bureau operations, died on Dec. 23 after a long illness. He was 58.
Petlin was one of the first six field photographers hired for the then-fledging news operation in August 1996. Petlin led the first Fox News camera crew to reach the scene at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. His other career highlights included a trip to Antarctica and the South Pole on assignment with former astronaut Jim Lovell.
“He was an integral part of the field and production team and a gifted still and television photographer,” Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott wrote in a memo to employees sent on Dec. 24. Scott called Petlin “a Fox News original.”
Petlin’s survivors include his wife, Lauren, daughter Ava and son Luca.