Sunday, June 25, 2017

Gabe Pressman, a Dean of New York TV Journalism, Dies at 93

Gabe Pressman, the senior correspondent for WNBC-TV and 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, died early Friday morning in Manhattan. He was 93.

A spokesman for the station confirmed the death, at Mount Sinai Hospital.

A matinee-idol anchorman Mr. Pressman was not. 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.

Over the course of a storied career, Mr. Pressman covered — and, at times, sparred with — every New York City mayor from Robert F. Wagner to Bill de Blasio. He kept at it long past the age when most people retired and kicked back, a steady presence in a rapidly changing media landscape.

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