Christine Favocci
November 28, 2023
11:25 pm

New York news mainstay and Young Lords co-founder Pablo Guzman dead at 73

New York news mainstay and Young Lords co-founder Pablo Guzman died Sunday, the New York Post reported. The 73-year-old, who was most recently with CBS News, had a career spanning more than three decades.

Guzman covered an array of topics in his time on the airwaves in radio and television. "The veteran journalist covered crime, local politics, the courts, and, of course, his beloved New York Yankees," the local CBS affiliate said of Guzman.

He spent most of his career covering news in at outlets around the city, including his latest stint at the local New York affiliate of CBS. Guzman's coworkers remembered him fondly in their tributes to the late senior news correspondent.

"I never knew what was going to come out of his mouth," Cindy Hsu, anchor for CBS 2, said of her late coworker. "Pablo was so original, and is going to be missed," she added.

"He knew everybody," Hsu recalled. He was the "real deal" to CBS 2 reporter Tony Aiello.

"Pablo Guzman packed 150 years worth of life into 73," he said on X, formerly Twitter. "His reporting pulsed with a vitality earned on the streets of El Barrio," Aiello said.

"He covered historic events, and with the Young Lords, he authored a unique chapter of NYC’s own history," Aiello added. The Young Lords was a Chicago street gang made up mostly of Puerto Ricans in the city.

It later became more diverse and turned into a leftist civil rights advocacy organization.  "Pablo was the real deal. Rest in peace," Aiello said.

Sarah Burke, news director, said Guzman had a knack for bringing out the "best in people" and that they often "really trusted him." When not behind various New York news desks, Guzman also wrote for some of the most influential publications of his time.

Guzman was published in Rolling Stone, Billboard, the Village Voice, and the New York Daily News. His roots in the city which informed his work were part of what made him iconic, according to New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

"Pablo Guzmán was a son of the Bronx who spoke truth to power and held leaders to account. Our city is a better place because of the work he did, and he will be truly missed," Adams wrote on X.

"Rest in peace," he said of Guzman. He suffered a fatal heart attack that left his surviving family in need of prayers as they mourn him, including his wife, Debbie, his children, Daniel and Angela, and Guzman's mother, Sally, NBC News reported.

Guzman covered some of the most significant stories of the city in his era, including the Sept. 11, 2011, terror attacks on New York City and the fall of the Gambino crime family. He also reported from a United Nations conference announcing the release of Nelson Mandela from a South African prison where he had been held because of his anti-apartheid stance.

The only thing left of Guzman is his body of work that bridged the end of one millennium and the beginning of another. His family will surely miss his presence, as will the people of New York.

Written By:
Christine Favocci

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