CBS News Foreign News Editor Ana Real Dies From Leukemia at Age 60

By A.J. Katz 

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The disease from hell strikes again.

CBS News foreign news editor Ana Real passed away from leukemia yesterday at the age of 60.

“Ana was part of the heart and soul of this organization. It didn’t matter if you were an executive, a producer, a production associate. She stood up for you and made all of us better at our jobs,” CBS News president Susan Zirinsky said in a statement.

Zirinsky added: “Be nice to everyone today—be nice to the people you like and the people you may not like. Because that’s what Ana would want.”

As CBS News foreign news editor, she managed teams of journalists around the globe reporting for CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News, 48 Hours, Face the Nation, CBS Sunday Morning, 60 Minutes, CBSN and all CBS News platforms.

Born and raised in Nicaragua and living in New Jersey, Real joined CBS News in January 2001 and would go on to win two News & Documentary Emmys during her time at the network. She was a critical part in the network’s reporting on such stories as the young survivors of the earthquake in Haiti and the questionable practices of international adoptions.

CBSN anchor/CBS News correspondent Vlad Duthiers weighed in on social media:

CBS News national correspondent Manny Bojorquez weighed in as well:

Here’s CBS News congressional correspondent Ed O’Keefe with Bojorquez and Real:

CBS This Morning cohost Norah O’Donnell, who has had some health issues of her own, also weighed in via Twitter:

As did former CBS Evening News ep Steve Capus: