Ike Pappas

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Icarus Nestor Pappas (April 16, 1933 – August 31, 2008), better known as Ike Pappas, was a CBS News correspondent for 25 years.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Pappas was born in the Flushing, Queens section of New York City. He graduated from Long Island University and then spent two years in the United States Army. He was assigned to Stars and Stripes during his enlistment.

Dallas, Texas, November 24, 1963[edit]

That morning, Pappas was among the throng of reporters present at the Dallas City Jail for presidential assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's transfer to the County Jail. Working for WNEW-AM in New York at the time, Pappas began his report as Oswald came into view:

As Pappas asked Oswald the question, Jack Ruby stepped out of the crowd of reporters with a pistol, moved in front of Oswald and fired one shot into Oswald's abdomen.

Later years[edit]

In May 1970, Pappas was at Kent State University with a CBS News film crew when members of the Ohio National Guard shot four students during an antiwar protest.[2]

Pappas was the most prominent of 215 people laid off in 1987 during a downsizing at CBS News.[3]

Along with a number of other notable Greek Americans, he was a founding member of The Next Generation Initiative, a leadership program aimed at getting students involved in public affairs.

After he left CBS, Pappas formed his own television production company, and made cameo appearances as himself in several motion pictures, including The Package and Moon Over Parador.

A resident of McLean, Virginia, in his later years, he died in Arlington, Virginia, of congestive heart failure, aged 75.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "CBS' Ike Pappas, saw Oswald shooting, dies at 75". CNN. Retrieved 2008-09-02. [dead link]
  2. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (September 3, 2008). "Ike Pappas, 75; Newsman Covered Vietnam, Kent State". The Washington Post (Washington, D.C.). Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ Boyer, Peter J. (March 7, 1987). 14 Reporters among 215 Cut by CBS. New York Times
  4. ^ Weber, Bruce (September 2, 2008). Ike Pappas, a Newsman With a Long Career at CBS, Dies at 75. New York Times

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