Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Just received this from Gayle DePoli:

I had the privilege of posting Ned Steinberg's retirement Good-bye e-mail not that long ago. I saw him a few weeks after that post in the Broadcast Center finishing up his paperwork to finalize his retirement. He looked wonderful and was thankful for posting his note on the website as he was able to receive so many wonderful e-mails from the people that read www.cbsretirees.com . But after only a few short weeks of retirement, Ned passed away in his sleep last night. He wasn't ill to anyone's knowledge. He just didn't wake up today. When I find out any arrangements, I will pass them on.

I've attached the e-mail sent out to CBS News today by Sean McManus. He used a lot of quotes from Ned's wonderful good-bye e-mail.


From: McManus, SeanSent: Tue 7/31/2007 1:37 PMTo: @CND NewsSubject: A Message From Sean McManus
I am very sad to tell you that Ned Steinberg passed away last night. He was a 45-year veteran of CBS News.

Ned joined CBS News in 1962, initially as a per-diem vacation replacement. He was instrumental in building the CBS News graphics department throughout his tenure. Ned’s time at CBS News spanned so many big news events, from the last two Mercury missions, election nights, John F. Kennedy’s campaign for re-election and the "Four Dark Days" of the President’s assassination and funeral when the News Division’s programming took over the Network.

As Ned wrote in his good-bye note, “TV news was in black-and-white and still basically in its infancy, and we were all the new pioneers, the innovators, learning new ways to improve the visual content of each broadcast as the need arose.”

Ned was soon made the Graphic Arts Director for CBS News, and his resume includes all of the major events of the years between then and last May, when he retired: Vietnam; the “new” 30-minute CBS EVENING NEWS, first in black-and-white, and then in color; the civil rights movement; the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy; space exploration; political primaries, conventions, election nights, inaugurations and State of the Union addresses; Watergate; “CBS Reports” and special reports; the start of CBS News’ morning broadcast; and work on virtually every broadcast and unit in the Division.

As Ned also said in his note, “One of the greatest pleasures for me was when I was called on to create farewell cards for people that were moving on. I tried to make each card reflect the importance of the person leaving CBS and how he or she had a part in making CBS the great company it is.” The people who received those cards know how special they were because Ned took the time and put in the effort to make them so. It said a lot about how he saw himself and CBS News.

Please join me in extending our deep condolences to Ned’s family and friends. More information will be forthcoming as we know it.

Gayle P. De Poli
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