Jerrold Kessel, Haaretz Columnist and Former CNN Correspondent, Dies at 66

Kessel reported for CNN in Jerusalem from 1990-2003. After leaving CNN, Kessel wrote a column for Haaretz called 'The Sakhnin Diaries' and a weekly sports column for the Haaretz English Edition.

Veteran journalist Jerrold Kessel, whose career covering Israel and the Middle East for dozens of major news organizations lasted over five decades, passed away on Thursday in Jerusalem after a long battle with cancer. He was 66.

Kessel is a former Haaretz columnist and longtime CNN Mideast correspondent who covered the Israel-Palestinian conflict, regional wars and peace efforts.

Kessel reported for CNN in Jerusalem from 1990-2003. His thick white beard and South African accent were immediately recognizable to viewers as he covered Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, Mideast violence and the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

After leaving CNN, Kessel continued writing for several newspapers, including a column for Haaretz called "The Sakhnin Diaries," which was later turned into a documentary film, and his weekly 'On the Couch' sports column in Haaretz English Edition.

Jerrold Kessel

Kessel is survived by his wife Lorraine, a son and two grandchildren. His funeral will be held on Friday in central Israel.