Ex-White House Correspondent Dies (June 11, 2017) WASHINGTON (UPI) -- Services were set Monday (June 12) for Norman D. Sandler, an award-winning former White House correspondent for United Press International who died at 53 in Washington.
Sandler was found dead in his apartment June 4. The cause of death had not been determined, a friend of the family said. He is survived by his mother, three brothers and his former wife.
Sandler covered the Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidencies for UPI, and later was a corporate communications official.
He served as president of the White House Correspondents Association, and received the organization's 1990 and 1991 Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage under deadline pressure.
Sandler later worked for the Washington communications and public affairs firm of Powell Tate before a decade-long stint as a public affairs and communications official for Motorola Inc., until shortly before his death.
Sandler grew up in Des Moines and Fairfield, Iowa, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was executive editor of the student newspaper and his master's thesis, "28 years of looking the other way: Congressional Oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency, 1947-1975," was published.