ATLANTA -- Fred Powers, the intrepid, indefatigable, incisive reporter for Atlanta's WGCL-TV, CBS46, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. He was 49.
Powers distinguished himself and his profession representing the average viewer by often placing himself in the shoes of police and firefighters and other public servants, personally demonstrating during his news stories what they go through in the course of an average day -- live demonstrations on the newscasts that left him sometimes breathless, always communicating his awe of and respect for the people who were the focus of his stories.
On the CBS46 website, Powers is remembered in a special section that says, "Fred won a 2005 Emmy in the category of Specialty Reporter. He enjoyed reporting and the challenges that came along with it, much more than sitting behind a desk.
"This University of Utah alum started his career in journalism in Phoenix as a television anchor and reporter. His career took him from Salt Lake City, to Southern California, Phoenix, and finally to Atlanta. Fred loved being a reporter and approached his job with the same enthusiasm as his relationships with family and friends.
"His memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Saint Mark's United Methodist Church at 781 Peachtree Street."
Powers' family has a website in his honor where people can visit a guestbook and leave their condolences.
In a message they said:
"Fred left us today to start a new adventure. He is free of pain and doesn't have to suffer or worry about fighting anymore. He passed away peacefully around 2pm today. He was surrounded by his parents, four sisters, nephew Evan, and his best friend Colby.
"Full of love and gratitude,