Suzie Slattery is the wife of Veteran CBS 2 Reporter John Slattery, who sadly died today of a heart attack reports say.
Her husband was 63-years-old and CBS station said he died of a heart attack. John’s wife Suzie was by his side.
Her beloved husband possessed an amazing career, he was an Emmy-award winning reporter, who covered stories for more than 30 years, including the death of John Lennon in 1980, and the World Trade Center bombings in 1993. CBS also said he was one of the first reporters on the scene on September 11th.
Producer at WPIX-TV, Noreen Lark, worked with Slattery for more than 17 years. She said he was a natural storyteller who loved his job.
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According to Suzie’s husband bio on CBS’ he joined the CBS 2 news team in October 1984. Prior to his work at WCBS-TV, he spent five years as general assignment correspondent for WABC-TV in New York where he worked with Roger Grimsby, Bill Beutel and Tom Snyder.
Before moving to New York, Slattery served as reporter/weekend anchor for WCAU-TV in Philadelphia where he also won numerous awards for his coverage of a shootout between police and the radical group “MOVE.” Slattery also covered the radiation leak at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. Prior to WCAU, Slattery was a TV-reporter in Champaign-Urbana, Ill. He also reported at three radio stations in Springfield and Peoria, IL.
Slattery’s stories have ranged from the alleged police abuse case of Abner Louima to the World Trade Center bombings in 1993. In the courtroom, he has covered cases involving Bernard Madoff, John Gotti, Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, the “Mayflower Madam” Sydney Biddle Barrows, the “murder at the Met” defendant Craig Crimmins, sportscaster Marv Albert, the Delaware infant death involving Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson, Woody Allen, Mike Tyson, Bess Myerson, Bernie Goetz, Robert Chambers, Jean Harris, Paul Simon and a civil suit against Paul Newman. He has also covered New York’s world-famous ticker-tape parade tributes to Nelson Mandela, Gulf War veterans, Vietnam veterans and the World Series-winning N.Y. Mets in 1986. In 2001, Slattery covered the execution in Terre Haute, Ind. of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.
He also has many achievements on the the sports front; he covered the 1996 World Series when the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves.
He was also a past president of The Inner Circle, a City Hall reporters’ organization dating to 1923 that annually hosts a black tie, fundraising, political lampoon to which the mayor of New York stages a response, often with a Broadway cast.
Suzy is the dean of Upper School, Grade 9 at the School of the Holy Child. You can see her profile here.
CBS President and General Manager Peter Dunn praised Slattery as someone who could be counted on to cover big stories in New York and around the world. Slattery is survived by his wife, Suzie, their children, and grandchildren. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Slattery family.