Best known for his work on the documentary program "48 hours," Dow herocially covered the attacks on Sept. 11 and the kidnapping of Patricia Hearst.
A five-time Emmy-award winner, Dow was honored for his 1996 reports on American troops in Bosnia, and for his coverage of the bombing of flight Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.
"Insatiably curious, he was happiest when he was on the road deep into a story," said executive producer of "48 Hour Mystery," Susan Zirinsky in a statement to the AP.
Zirinsky added, "It was his humanity, which was felt by everyone he encountered, even in his toughest interviews, that truly defined the greatness of his work. He was the most selfless man I have known."
In a career that spanned more than 40 years, Dow was the first to interview OJ Simpson after the murder of Nicole Brown in 1994, he reported for "CBS Evening News with Dan Rather" and he was the first African American television reporter in the city of Omaha, Nebraska.
In 1986, Dow contributed to "48 Hours Crack Street," which would later become the successful weekly news magazine show "48 Hours."
He was survived by his three children, and wife Kathy.