Updated: November 24, 2019 07:11 PM
Created: November 24, 2019 11:51 AM
Former WNYT NewsChannel 13 anchor and managing editor Ed Dague has passed away after a long illness, his son Harris Dague tells NewsChannel 13. He was 76 years old.
Dague began his work in broadcasting in the 1960s. He spent the last 19 years of his career at WNYT. Ankylosing spondylitis -- a crippling and progressive form of arthritis -- forced him into retirement in 2003.
During his time at WNYT, NewsChannel 13 became the top-rated news station in the Capital Region.
Dague was born in Buffalo and studied electrical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He started broadcasting on the school’s radio station, WRPI, as a freshman. He was hired in his senior year to run the school’s AM station WHAZ.
He joined the technical staff at WTEN in 1966 while also working as a disc jockey at WOKO and later WPTR. He returned to WOKO in 1968 as news director.
He became WRGB’s assignment editor in 1970 and also produced the station’s 6 p.m. newscast. Dague became WRGB’s weekend anchor and political reporter in 1973. He continued reporting after becoming the station’s weekday 6 and 11 p.m. anchor in 1976.
Dague left WRGB for WNYT in 1984.
“Ed Dague was, quite simply, one of the great journalists of our time," Jansing said Sunday. "That’s why so many people trusted him: his intellect, his commitment to truth and his devotion to his community. And it’s why all these years after he left the anchor chair, he’s still beloved by all who watched him, who admired him, who learned from him. The breadth of his curiosity and knowledge knew no limits, and he selflessly shared it with me as a mentor and friend for the eleven years I was privileged to sit next to him at WNYT."
His work earned him several awards over the course of his career, including the Associated Press Award for Individual Reporting. He was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.
Dague is survived by his wife Donna, their two children, and five grandchildren.
"We are so glad people in the area got to get to know my dad through his time on the news. As excellent a journalist as he was, I can tell you he was an even better father," Harris Dague said.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
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