Veteran CBS reporter John Slattery dies hours after filing last story

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NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) -- Longtime CBS New York reporter John Slattery died overnight from a heart attack, the station reported Thursday.

The veteran journalist, who spent more than 30 years covering major stories, was a four-time Emmy Award winner. Slattery, 63, had just filed his final story hours before his unexpected death. His wife Suzie was by his side.

"He personified excellence in television journalism for more than three decades. With his steady and straightforward delivery, our John Slattery brought us momentous stories," CBS New York reported.

Slattery was one of the first reporters on the scene of the World Trade Center attack during 9/11. He even witnessed the second plane strike.

The reporter interviewed subway vigilante Bernie Goets in the 1980s. He was also one of the first reporters to have a one-on-one interview with former President Richard Nixon post-Watergate.

Slattery covered local and international news during his career, including Superstorm Sandy, the "Miracle on the Hudson" water landing and reports from Saudi Arabia and the Vatican.

“We are saddened by the unexpected passing of our friend and colleague John Slattery,” said Peter Dunn, President of CBS Television Stations, in a statement. “During his nearly 30-year career at WCBS, he was great at reporting the news and was someone we counted on to cover big stories for us, both here in New York and around the world. Our thoughts and prayers are with John’s wife, Suzie, and their children and grandchildren.”

Several friends and colleagues went to Twitter to express sadness over Slattery's death.


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  • Denise Thompson

    My deepest sympathy & respectful felt condolences to his wife & family & to his peers in journalism & media. He will be missed.

  • R. Higgins

    John Slattery was one of the best. Funny and made you enjoy watching the news. He will truly be missed. All the best to his family at this sad time.

  • Lorraine

    So very sad. I feel like a member of our family passed away. Rest in peace John. Condolences and prayers for his family and CBS co-workers.

  • Nerisa Bryan

    I just heard the news and my heart sank. John Slattery I enjoyed your warm calm delivery of the news. I’m sorry you were taken so soon. Rest in peace.

  • Anthony

    You knew when you saw him perform that everyday was like the first day on the job…travel well John you were a true New Yorker & great human being

  • Sarah

    Wow when I saw this it brought me to tears.. Just saw him on tv the other day>_< been watching him for awhile now.. Rip.. You will be missed

  • Patricia Ochman

    I’m just a viewer and my heart is broken for the Flattery family and his work family. A man of true integrity. Thank you for all your sacrifices.

  • Angie

    So sad to hear about slattery on the news at noon. He was a good reporter. My prays and thoughts are with his wife and children. Fly high with the angels. RIP.

  • Nina Mustang

    my mom and i are really shocked at john’s passing unexpectedly.we cannot believe he’s gone.we always looked at CBS News to see john working,and to listen to him.we both love john very much,and we give our condolences to his wife suzie and his children,and grandchildren.RIP John till we all meet again in Heaven.

  • Brenda Parker

    Sorry to hear this great lost … but the word sorry is nothing … I will truly miss you John Slattery doesn’t even feel real i find myself turning on the TV to just see you and hear the news of the day rest in peace .. ..condolences to family lovelorn and friends

  • Mark

    I met John while working in Mamaroneck, NY. He was a nice man and always respectful. I will miss him. My sincere condolences to his wife Susan and their kids. CBS and New York City and Westchester has lost a great man. Rest In Peace John. God Bless.

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