RIP: Gabe Pressman, a New York TV news icon whose career spanned the evolution of the medium.


Gabriel Stanley "Gabe" Pressman (February 14, 1924 – June 23, 2017) was an American journalist who was a reporter for WNBC-TV in New York City for more than 50 years. He was one of the pioneers of United States television news and has been credited as the first reporter to have left the studio for on-the-scene "street reporting" at major events. His career spanned more than 60 years, covering events from the sinking of the Andrea Doria in 1956, to the assassinations of of JFK and Martin Luther King Jr., to the Beatles' first trip to the United States, to the attacks on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Dubbed the "Dean of New York Journalism," he won a Peabody Award and 11 Emmys over the course of his career, and was considered a New York icon. Pressman worked for various New York City newspapers after his return from Europe before becoming a reporter in 1954 for what then was NBC's radio station WNBC, and moved over to television in 1956. Pressman spent the bulk of his broadcast career with NBC, except for a period from 1972 through 1979, when he reported for what was then the Metromedia station, WNEW-TV, Channel 5. Since 1945, Pressman covered the lives of 10 New York City mayors, 10 New York State governors, 15 Senators from New York, and 13 United States Presidents. WIKIPEDIA

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