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May 31, 2013

Bob Teague, Pioneering New York Newsman

Teague, one of New York's first black TV journalists, worked as a reporter, anchor and producer for more than 30 years.

Bob Teague, a longtime New York City newsman, and one of the city's first African-American television journalists, died March 28, 2013, in New Brunswick, NJ. He was 84.

According to news reports, the cause was T-cell lymphoma.

Born in Milwaukee on Jan. 2, 1929, Teague was a football star at the University of Wisconsin, and garnered all-Big 10 honors for his play. He received offers from four professional football teams, but the journalism major turned them down to become a reporter for The Milwaukee Journal.

In 1952, Teague joined the Army. Four years later he moved to New York, where he found work as a news writer for CBS radio. He then moved to The New York Times, where he worked as a sports reporter.

Television station WNBC-TV hired Teague in 1963, a year after Mal Goode became the first black reporter on network television. Teague retired from NBC in 1991.

More about his life and work is available at:

New York Times

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