NBC's NY television reporter Gabe Pressman dies at 93

Pressman spent almost half a century at NBC's flagship NY station, WNBC-TV. He was 93 and most recently covered the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue in March.

After graduating from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1947, Pressman got his first real job as a journalist working as a reporter for the Newark Evening News. In an interview for the New York State Broadcasters Association, he said that his indulgent father also bought him a microphone, which he used to transit such news flashes to the family radio in the living room - from his headquarters in the bathroom.

Over the course of his career, he covered some of the biggest events in modern American history, including President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Woodstock and the American Civil Rights movement.

WNBC's senior correspondent, Pressman was part of the O&O's news team for more than 50 years. He was also everywhere news broke in NY, from Woodstock in 1969 to the World Trade Center on 9/11.

Unlike other broadcast announcers who would simply read wire stories written by other newspapers, Pressman would conduct his own original reporting and wrote and read his own scripts. He understood early the power of the medium and made himself a master of short-form documentaries in the style of Edward R. Murrow, championing the homeless, the infirm and mentally ill, the poor and the disenfranchised.

Pressman then returned to New York, and in 1951 he began anchoring NBC's Shell Oil News, New York's first local television newscast-initial episodes were only five minutes long.

Pressman received many honors for his work, including 11 Emmys, a Peabody and a George Polk Award.

"He was a mentor to countless reporters doing vital work today".

Pressman is reported to have died in his sleep.

Survivors include his wife, Vera, four children, eight grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

  • Salvatore Jensen