A veteran TV newsman who reported for more than three decades for New York City station WCBS-TV has died. The New York Times reports that John Slattery died this week at 63.
Slattery died either late Wednesday or early Thursday at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y., with the station giving the cause as a heart attack, the story notes. He had reported a segment on Wednesday, appearing in a news broadcast about a mugging.
“Mr. Slattery was even-tempered and plain-spoken on screen, with a seemingly imperturbable presence even in the face of calamitous events. In 1980, at WABC, where he began his career in New York, he contributed to the station’s Emmy-winning coverage of the murder of John Lennon,” the story notes.
He also covered the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, and events including the World Trade Center bombing in 1993, the 1996 World Series and Hurricane Sandy.
On Twitter, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wrote, “NYC has lost a great journalist.”