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Remembering Gabe Pressman: Highlights of His Memorial Service Tuesday

The New York City legend passed last Friday at age 93



    A few tears, a few hearty laughs and a lot of memories were shared as friends and family remembered Gabe Pressman at 30 Rock. Though he knew and covered the famous, he worked, he said, for the people. David Ushery has more highlights from his memorial Tuesday.

    (Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017)

    In celebration of a journalistic icon and in honor of his lasting contributions to the city he loved, NBC 4 New York hosted a special memorial service for Gabe Pressman on Tuesday.

    Pressman, a New York icon and pioneering reporter whose local broadcast career spanned more than six decades, died Friday at the age of 93.

    A Who's Who of New York public life past and present remembered Pressman, from Cardinal Timothy Dolan (who read from the Book of Psalms) and former Rep. Charlie Rangel, to NBC legend Tom Brokaw and former police commissioners Ray Kelly and Bill Bratton. 

    "For me, Gabe was the foundation of what reporting is about," said Brokaw, who anchored the NBC Nightly News for more than two decades. 

    The two-hour ceremony also featured heartfelt remembrances by his wife Vera, sons Mark and Michael and daughter Liz.

    Liz Pressman, a news librarian at the New York Post and the only one of his children to follow their father into the news business, recalled their shared love of news as the thing that united them, even in the toughest of times.

    "What's the wood?" her father would call her and ask, she said. (The front page of New York tabloids is often called "the wood" in the business.)

    Credited with being the first television reporter in New York, Pressman called NBC 4 New York home for more than half a century. He is survived by his wife, four children, eight grandchildren and his great grandson.

    Chuck Scarborough Remembers Gabe Pressman

    Chuck Scarborough Remembers Gabe PressmanChuck Scarborough Remembers Gabe Pressman

    Chuck Scarborough worked with Gabe Pressman for 37 years. He remembers what Pressman meant to him as a colleague and a pioneering journalist in the field. "I've lost a friend and mentor," Scarborough said. "But I'm part of his legacy, as are so many others who benefited from knowing Gabe. He taught us well. New York is a better city because of his relentless reporting through the decades." 

    (Published Friday, June 23, 2017)

    Fellow Journalists Remember Gabe Pressman

    Fellow Journalists Remember Gabe PressmanFellow Journalists Remember Gabe Pressman

    Colleagues remember a legend of New York journalism, Gabe Pressman. Roseanne Colletti reports.

    (Published Friday, June 23, 2017)

    Gabe Pressman's Interns Honor Their 'Mentor and Friend'

    Gabe Pressman's Interns Honor 'Mentor and Friend'Gabe Pressman's Interns Honor 'Mentor and Friend'

    Legendary journalist Gabe Pressman was also a mentor to a number of young interns starting out in news. Past interns share some of the impressions Pressman left on them.

    (Published Friday, June 23, 2017)

    In Pictures: His Life and Iconic Career 

    In Pictures: Gabe Pressman's Life and Iconic CareerIn Pictures: Gabe Pressman's Life and Iconic Career

    A Glimpse at New York City Through His Eyes 

    A Glimpse of NYC Through the Eyes of Gabe PressmanA Glimpse of NYC Through the Eyes of Gabe Pressman

    Broadcasting icon Gabe Pressman produced a series exploring the diverse neighborhoods of his beloved New York City. Here's a collection of those stories.

    (Published Friday, June 23, 2017)

    Gabe Pressman Recalls Childhood in the Bronx 

    Gabe Pressman on Growing Up in the BronxGabe Pressman on Growing Up in the Bronx

    NBC 4 New York senior correspondent Gabe Pressman talks about the neighborhood he grew up in the Bronx.

    (Published Friday, June 23, 2017)

    Remembering 'Freedom Summer' 

    50 Years Later, Gabe Pressman Remembers "Freedom Summer"50 Years Later, Gabe Pressman Remembers "Freedom Summer"

    WNBC Senior Correspondent Gabe Pressman remembers Freedom Summer, when America was shaken by civil rights abuses in the South.
    (Published Monday, July 7, 2014)

    Remembering Woodstock

    Woodstock 45 Years Later: A Look Back Then & NowWoodstock 45 Years Later: A Look Back Then & Now

    In the summer of 1969, hundreds of thousands of young people gathered in a cow pasture in Bethel for a rock festival known as Woodstock. Our senior correspondent Gabe Pressman was there. And this year, on the festival's 45th anniversary, we take a look back at the legendary event.
    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014)

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