TODAY | February 21, 2014
>>> we are sad to report that nbc news has lost a special friend and colleague. garrick utley passed away after a long bout with cancer.
>> reporter: joining nbc as a researcher, utley made his way in front of the camera to become the quintessential foreign correspondent. reporting from vietnam.
>> south vietnam is developing a measure of political stability.
>> reporter: back in the u.s., he covered national politics.
>> thousands of delegates, the democratic convention poured into miami beach .
>> reporter: even serving as a host of "meet the press" and "sunday today" joining past hosts at a reunion in 2012 .
>> foreign correspondent experience is wonderful to have this platform and the wherewithal and the budgets to go out into the world.
>> reporter: spoke german, french and spanish. before retiring from journalism, he also worked for abc news and cnn. garrick utley was 74 years old.
>> sad loss for us.
>> you see him sometimes at the elevator just as he was retiring, you forgot he was an imposing figure physically. he was a big, big guy but also intellectually.
>> i worked with him on "weekend today." and he had a wonderful sense of humor. he was also a talented, talented man. very few people know, though, it was a true story , he wanted to