The Mahoning Valley has lost a longtime local newsman: TV 27 and Channel 33 News Director Gary Coursen died Monday afternoon at University Hospitals in Cleveland. He had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his nasal area when complications developed. Coursen was hired at TV 27 in 1979 as a photographer; he later became chief photographer and was named news director in 2003. Coursen was an avid outdoorsman: hiking, biking and kayaking; he and his wife recently rode the bike trail from Washington DC to Pittsburgh. Gary Coursen was 55; he leaves his wife and two daughters.