TV host and Blair graduate dies

March 11, 2004, midnight | By Feza Kikaya | 18 years, 9 months ago

This is not original reporting. All information compiled from The Washington Post article Inga Rundvold Hook Kuhn dies; ‘Inga's Angle' TV Host by Louie Estrada.

Inga Rundvold Hook Kuhn, a Blair graduate, television broadcasting pioneer, fashion model and columnist died at 83 on Feb. 4 in Richmond due to complications resulting from a stroke.

According to The Post, Kuhn hosted a 30-minute daily show and fashion program called "Inga's Angle," which aired on WRC-TV. The show later became "Today with Inga," which aired on NBC. She changed her show's format by including beauty and exercise segments and had guest appearances by prominent people including Sen. John F. Kennedy (D-Mass.), who discussed his book "Profiles in Courage," Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Tex.), Sen. Hubert H. Humphrey (D-Minn.), entertainer Milton Berle and actors Gregory Peck, Charlton Heston and Kim Novak.

Kuhn worked as a model for the Conover Agency after graduating from the Washington School of Fashion Modeling and appeared in Charm magazine and other fashion publications. She later received a job as a fashion columnist for the Washington Times-Herald before she became known as one of Washington's first media personalities.

The Post stated that Kuhn's last show aired in 1967, after which she became a freelance reporter. She produced a series of 30-minute foreign travel television programs called "Let's Go Places" and wrote travel articles for the New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other media publications.

The Post also reported that in the early 1970s Kuhn helped direct travel and media relations for American Revolution Bicentennial Commission. She helped organize the "Around the World Venture," which promotes U.S. tourism, and managed public relations assignments for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Kuhn was born in Stryn, Norway, but lived in Kensington when her family moved to the United States and settled in the Washington area. She was married to Lester J. Hook for 47 years until his death in 1981. Three years later, she married John J. Kuhn, who died in 1997. She was mother to Ingrid H. Davis, who lives in Richmond, and a sister to Helen R. Walsh of Bethesda. She has three grandchildren.

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