Gerald Ruben, 80, longtime TV news executive in LA

gerald-ruben-fb.jpgGerald Ruben was a veteran of the newsrooms at KNXT, KTTV and KTLA at least — those are the stations I'm able to divine from the comments flooding the corners of social media where Los Angeles television news people hang out. At KTLA he was executive producer of the nightly news show for many years and, after 2006, executive producer for special projects. I don't know when he retired.

From Bob Tarlau on Facebook:

Gerry Ruben, one of the great news producers of all time, anywhere, passed away this afternoon after battling cancer. He was 80. It was with profound sadness that I said good bye to Gerry at his home in Northridge this afternoon. I know he would appreciate all the very kind words that are flowing in his memory today. I met Gerry on the day he started work in LA at KTTV in 1969. Our first story together was Man on the Moon that July... an experience we forever treasured together. RIP my friend!

Also this from news veteran Pete Noyes: "Gerry was truly one of the best I've known in the thorny business of TV news. He was intelligent and soft spoken, a real gentelman who was greatly respected by his peers." Looks like Ruben was a member of the News Geezers group on Facebook.

Lots of nice comments on Ruben's Facebook page.

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