Updated: November 25, 2019 06:41 PM
Created: November 25, 2019 04:13 PM
It's a difficult time here at NewsChannel 13, as we mourn the loss of colleague, friend, and former anchor Ed Dague, who passed away Sunday after a long illness.
Ed had a profound impact on this station and so many people who have worked here over the years.
People trusted Ed. Viewers welcomed him into their homes every night.
He retired from NewsChannel 13 in 2003 after being anchor and managing editor here for 19 years.
He was husband, a proud father of two, and doted on five grandchildren.
People who knew him say he really raised the bar -- challenging us to do better every day. If reporters happened to leave one thing out, he'd ask you that one question on the air. It was called getting "Dagued."
But for all his knowledge, experience, and contacts -- he was modest.
MSNBC senior national correspondent Chris Jansing, who we knew then as Chris Kapostasy, shared the anchor desk with Ed for many years as part of a popular team.
"He was real. What you saw with Ed Dague was the real Ed Dague. He was smarter than almost anyone I've ever met in my life. He was the consummate journalist. He cared so deeply about doing things the best. He cared about the truth. And he was an incredibly generous colleague. So he made all of us look better. But I think more than anything, it's trust," Jansing said.
"He was himself on the air. It wasn't putting on airs. Ed was Ed. Off the air you met him, he'd be the same on the air. There was no put on, no change in personality," meteorologist Bob Kovachick said.
"The audience trusted that when Ed was asking a question, there was a reason. When he was getting an answer, it was the right answer. And I think when people get to trust you, and they invite you into their home, and they feel good about what you're doing, I think it helps to build a long-standing bond," WNYT Vice President and General Manager Steve Baboulis said.
Ed's family tells us he passed away peacefully.
When we hear from his family about arrangements, we will share that with you.
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