An Emmy-winning TV newsman who worked the New York beat for more than six decades, Gabe Pressman died this morning, The New York Times reports.
Pressman, the senior correspondent for WNBC-TV, is described in the story as “the indefatigable dean of New York’s television reporters, who chased breaking news, interviewed countless celebrities and covered the hoopla of politics, protests and parades for more than six decades.” Pressman was 93.
“A matinee-idol anchorman he was not,” The Times notes. “But to generations of mayors, governors and ordinary New Yorkers, he was Gabe: the short, rumpled, pushy guy from Channel 4 who seemed always on the scene, elbowing his way to the front and jabbing his microphone in the face of a witness or a big shot.”
Pressman began his television career in 1956 at WRCA, a forerunner of WNBC.
“Except for a stretch from 1972 to 1980 at its Channel 5 rival, known then as WNEW, he spent the rest of his working life with NBC’s New York flagship station,” The Times reports. “He was still working right up to his death: Earlier this year he covered the St. Patrick’s Day parade, as he had many times before.”
Pressman received many honors for his work, including 11 Emmys, a Peabody and a George Polk Award.
Here’s a report on Pressman’s death posted by MSNBC …