Katherine Creag dead, audiences and industry shocked: The death of WNBC News 4’s reporter Katherine Creag has sent shockwaves through the media industry and audiences that tuned in for a decade to her newscast on Today in New York. No reason has yet been determined for the reporter’s death that occurred Wednesday evening.
Creag had been with the New York arm of the NBC network for many years and credited for her contribution to News 4’s award-winning trajectory. Upon her death, her network mourned, remembering her as “a beloved member of the News 4 family who was a stalwart of New York City’s mornings.” With Katherine Creag dead, audiences and colleagues are recognising the loss to New York television.
Katherine Creag Dead: A Look At Female Journalists We Recently Lost
1. Katherine Creag
Katherine Creag, reporter for the NBC network’s New York station WNBC, passed away Wednesday at the age of 47. Creag’s death was unexpected since she hadn’t shown signs of illness and was working on the morning of February 10, before passing away the same evening. The cause of her death isn’t yet known.
Originally from Manila, she was a New York University graduate. The journalist‘s Twitter bio reads, “Sleep, what’s that?! I go to work when you’re coming home from the club.” She was an audience favourite for her early morning broadcast, appearing at 4:30 am on weekdays.
Katherine Creag dead, journalists mourn
My heartfelt condolences to the @NBCNewYork team and the family and friends of reporter Katherine Creag.— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) February 11, 2021
Kat was a beloved and hard-working NYC reporter with an infectious laugh. She will be greatly missed.
Photo: RIP to Katherine Creag. Journalist at NBC 4 NY. A mother to three kids, a beautiful smile and always in red. Thanks for being the life of the party. pic.twitter.com/74XTZMEQOb— Lloyd Mitchell (@Lloydphoto) February 11, 2021
Heartbreaking news. Very sad to read this. I worked with Katherine 15 years ago. She was a joy to work with. My condolences to Katherine Creag's family and NBC4. https://t.co/ptgdxsbXVM— Kathy McGee (@katmcgeenyc) February 11, 2021
2. Malala Maiwand
Afghan journalist Malala Maiwand was shot dead in December last year by two gunmen in the city of Jalalabad. As per reports, she was on way to work at the media channel Enekaas TV, where she had been working for the past eight years. Her driver was also murdered.
Maiwand’s murder came amidst rising discussions around the targeted threat to journalists in Afghanistan. Maiwand was an outspoken woman, vocal about being a female journalist in such a climate. The United Nations Mission in Afghanistan had condemned her killing, saying it was “particularly shocking that her life was taken on International Human Rights Day.” Maiwand’s death had urged global calls for defending press freedom.
UNAMA condemns the killing today of human rights activist and journalist Malala Maiwand in #Jalalabad #Afghanistan. It is particularly shocking that her life was taken on International Human Rights Day. #JournalistSafety #PressFreedom #EndImpunity #WPFC2020— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) December 10, 2020
With Katherine Creag dead, putting a spotlight on other shocking deaths
3. Nina Kapur
Indian-origin American journalist Nina Kapur passed away in July last year, after falling off a moped. While the driver of the moped sustained injuries, Kapur succumbed to hers. Aged 26, Kapur worked with CBS and was based in New York. She had reportedly been only one year into work with the CBS network.
Mourning her death, CBS2, the NY arm of the newsgroup, had said in a statement, “We are heartbroken here at CBS2 as a member of our news family has passed away. Reporter Nina Kapur joined the team in June 2019 and was known for her contagious smile and love for storytelling.”
4. Shaheena Shaheen
Shaheena Shaheen, a 25-year-old Pakistani television journalist, was shot dead at her home in Turbat, Balochistan in September last year. She worked with PTV and was also the editor of a magazine. Her family had lodged an FIR against her husband, with authorities claiming her death might have been a result of domestic violence, according to Dawn.
Shaheen had been a champion of gender rights and equality in a conservative society. Her death had sparked outrage as to the lack of safety for female journalists. Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director-General, had condemned her killing saying, “I condemn the murder of Shaheena Shaheen. A free and diverse press is essential to sustainable development.”
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