Journalist Alexander Kendrick, who covered war, famine and the birth of Israel and wrote a biography of Edward R. Murrow, has died at 80. He died Friday of a heart attack at Hahnemann Hospital, said his brother, Vic Kendrick.

Kendrick worked with Murrow at CBS and wrote the biography "Prime Time" in 1969, followed by "The Wound Within," an analysis of American policy during the Vietnam War, in 1974.Kendrick began his career on the now-defunct Ledger newspaper and moved to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Washington bureau.

With the outbreak of World War II, Kendrick went to cover the Russian front and later Moscow.

He met Murrow on a trip to Rome and went to work for CBS as a radio and television correspondent.

He was Dan Rather's predecessor as London bureau chief. Rather once described Kendrick as an inveterate reader who always did his homework. "He was, in fact, a scholar-correspondent," Rather said.

Kendrick retired from CBS in 1976 and returned to his native Philadelphia. Kendrick's wife, Sarah, died in 1981. Kendrick is survived by a brother and sister.