January 22, 2004 by

Jerry Nachman

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Categories: Media, Writers/Editors

jnachman.jpgJerome A. Nachman was a brash, award-winning newshound who lived to scoop the competition.
Nachman attended Youngstown State University before becoming a newspaper reporter in Ohio and Pittsburgh. In the early 1970s, he worked as an on-air reporter for WCBS Radio and WCBS-TV in New York. He spent much of the 1980s as the news director of WNBC-TV, where his newscasts earned top ratings for the 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. time slots.
The siren song of print journalism called him back in 1988, and Nachman answered it by writing a column for the New York Post. The following year, the tough and witty journalist became the editor-in-chief of the racy tabloid, a position he held until 1992.
Nachman moved to Santa Fe, N.M. with the intention of living a quiet life as an author and consultant. But within a few years, WCBS-TV asked him to return to New York. As the vice president of news, he won the George Foster Peabody Award and the Edward R. Murrow Award for outstanding achievements in electronic journalism from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Nachman tried his hand at screenwriting in 2001, penning scripts for the NBC drama, “UC: Undercover.” As a writer and executive producer of “Politically Incorrect With Bill Maher,” he won two Emmy Awards. His final assignment in journalism was as vice president and editor-in-chief of MSNBC, where he also hosted his own interview show.
Nachman died on Jan. 20. Cause of death was not released. He was 57.

4 Responses to Jerry Nachman

  1. pamela berkowitz

    I WAS UNAWARE OF JERRYS PASSING I AM JERRYS FIRST COUSIN PAMELA AND COULDNT BELIEVE I NEVER HEARD THIS NEWS, I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT JERRY WAS A FUNNY AND GREAT GUY WHO I WILL PERSONALLY REMEMBER GROWING UP WITH, HE WILL BE MISSED

  2. bob sherman

    Jerry and I worked together on and off for thirty years. For years his wife Nancy and mine, Mandy, Jerry and I were inseparable. He was my best friend and I still talk with him everyday.

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