Some terrible news. Just hours after filing a story for last night’s WCBS-TV Channel 2 broadcasts, the station’s veteran news reporter John Slattery passed away. From Larry McShane’s New York Daily News item:
General assignment reporter Slattery worked Wednesday, covering a Bronx attack on a 72-year-old Good Samaritan who stepped in to protect a mugging victim.
Slattery was among the city’s longest-serving television reporters, joining WABC-TV in 1979 and participating in the Emmy-winning coverage of the December 1980 assassination of ex-Beatle John Lennon.
Read the statement from WCBS president/GM Peter Dunn and the rest of McShane’s report here. RIP.
Update (12:15 p.m.):
WCBS has paid tribute to Slattery, confirming that he died from a heart attack. From the station note:
He personified excellence in television journalism for more than three decades. With his steady and straightforward delivery, our John Slattery brought us momentous stories…
He was plainspoken.
He was unflappable.