David Kohler, Former General Counsel For CNN, Dies

David Kohler, 56, former senior vice president and general counsel for CNN, died of cancer Oct. 15,
according to a posting on the Web site of the Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

Most recently, Kohler was a law profesor there and director of the Bonald E. Biederman Entertainment and Law Institute, where he taught First Amendment and mass media law and oversaw a number of related programs.

Kohler joined TBS in 1991 and was named general counsel of CNN five years later.

Kohler was also a partner in the Richmond, Va., firm of Christian and Barton, where he represented cable and broadcast clients.

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