WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced that 43-year-old station veteran John Arguello passed away June 15 at age 61.
Arguello, a native of South Dakota, came to the station in February, 1976 at the age of 18, beginning in the mailroom, then moving on to become a part-time production assistant. Later he became a staff photojournalist, and is well known for working with investigative reporter Henry Erb, conducted undercover stings and parking lot confrontations, helping to bring down scammers and, on at least one occasion, catch a killer.
During his career, Arguello met five sitting U.S. presidents and covered national political events including national conventions and the Iowa caucuses. He knew Congress members and governors and was on a first-name basis with many local politicians.
Arguello eventually moved to the assignment desk, gathering information that everyone in the newsroom relied on and providing guidance on editorial decision-making.
He leaves behind two children, several grandchildren and a 24 Hour News 8 team that considered him family.