Gabe Pressman, Broadcast News Pioneer, Dies at 93

During a career that spanned over 60 years, he interviewed everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Fidel Castro

Last Updated: June 23, 2017 @ 6:57 AM

Journalism legend Gabe Pressman, whose career spanned over 60 years, has died at age 93.

Pressman’s wife told NY1 that he died in his sleep early Friday morning.

During his career, Pressman interviewed Marilyn Monroe to Fidel Castro, and covered everything from the Beatles arriving in America in 1964 to the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Jr.

The Bronx native started his television career at WNBC in 1956 as one of the first local broadcast reporters in New York. He would go on to win 11 Emmy Awards. Pressman was still listed as a senior correspondent with WNBC until his death.

Prior to his TV career, Pressman worked in print. In 1949 he became a City Hall reporter for the New York World Telegram and Sun. He also served as a combat naval officer during World War II.

“Gabe Pressman was a New York City treasure. He was a mentor to countless reporters doing vital work today. He’ll be deeply missed,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

New York media heavyweights have taken to Twitter to pay tribute: