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Ike Pappas, CBS newsman

Patricia Sullivan

Ike Pappas, 75, the CBS newsman who reported, live on the radio, the shooting of JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, died Sunday in Arlington of complications from heart disease.
In 1987, he was among more than 200 employees laid off by the company.

By Patricia Sullivan |  September 2, 2008; 12:36 PM ET  | Category:  Patricia Sullivan
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Ike was a man of extraordinary integrity who will always be remembered by those who knew him - and by many, many more who watched and believed his heroic reporting.

Posted by: Scott Rafferty | September 2, 2008 1:06 PM

Ike was a real pro! He helped us mightily here at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund at recording and telling the story of law enforcement's service and sacrifice. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Posted by: Craig Floyd | September 2, 2008 2:11 PM

I remember his reports when I watched the CBS Evening News. He was excellent. Back then they had real news reporters-not actors.

Posted by: Tempest | September 2, 2008 3:01 PM

I got to know Ike well during the past ten years as he and I trained young television journalists. He imparted his knowledge, humor, and enthusiasm to the next generation of TV reporters, which will be his living memorial.

Herb Brubaker
Television News Center

Posted by: Herb Brubaker | September 2, 2008 4:20 PM

Ike Pappas was a first rate newsman, an incomparable human being, a dedicated family man, a solid patriot, a faithful Christian Orthodox and an unforgetable funny man whose MEMORY WILL BE ETERNAL!!!
AIWNIA TOU H MNHMH!!!

Posted by: Alex Alexandrou | September 2, 2008 4:46 PM

Ike was larger than life with an incredible sense of humor but more importantly a sense of what it was to be a good solid broadcast journalist. It was a sad day at Black Rock when Ike was sent packing by a CEO who was a bean-counter and did not have the vision or heart of Bill Paley. Paley did not always make the right decisions but he valued the journalists like Pappas who made the Columbia Broadcast System more than a bunch of letters, CBS.

Posted by: Andrea Wiley | September 2, 2008 6:44 PM

Bye-bye for now, Dear Ike. It's been an honor to be your friend. Please file a news story from Heaven. I'd like a report on that place from a real reporter that I can trust.

Posted by: Bob Moore | September 2, 2008 7:11 PM

I worked with Ike covering the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 1982. It was one of my first foreign postings and Ike was a great person to be working with under difficult circumstances. He approached his work and life with a great sense of humor. He will be missed

Posted by: Warren Lewis | September 2, 2008 9:29 PM


Ike Pappas, I believe, was a member of NYC's WNEW News, which in the late 50s and 60s led the way in creating a new language of immediacy for radio reporting.

The genius behind it was Lee Hanna, its news director. Reed Collins, Jim xxxx, Stu Loory and many others made the station the gold standard in radio news. None were Fox News jackasses.

WNEW's influence was nationwide.

Fred Willman
Madison,WI

Posted by: Fred Willman | September 2, 2008 9:32 PM

I worked with Pappas at CBS News in Washington many years ago - he was, as many have already said, a great reporter. He was a real reporter and didn't just play one on TV.

He was also one of the FUNNIEST people on the planet. Anyone who worked with Pappas loved him for that.

Rest in peace, dear Icarus. We will not see your like again.


Posted by: Janice Evans | September 2, 2008 9:35 PM

He was a credit to the craft as it was meant to be practiced. Not the actors we have now pretending to be reporters by regurgitating a practiced set of questions that must be cataloged in a "handbook" somewhere in bowels of those organizations driven by the "board of directors" driven by a bottom line measurement for all public traded companies.
A sad passing.

Posted by: Wylie Merrill | September 2, 2008 10:23 PM

I knew Ike when he was a terrific editor of the college paper. He set a powerful example and he was one of the reasons I went into journalism.

Posted by: Janice Hopkins Tanne | September 3, 2008 12:52 AM

During my early days at the CBS Washington Bureau it was my pleasure to share occasional assignments with Ike. He was always "real" and funny and had enormous charm. He was a great reporter and his dismissal was at the beginning the Network's slide from prestigious heights to mediocrity. He will surely be missed by those of us who worked with him.

Posted by: Don Juhlin | September 3, 2008 1:48 AM

Ike was a great and tough-minded newsman and a loyal friend who helped others in their career. I was the editor of the campus newspaper at Kent State in 1970, and Ike was the only network newsman on the scene when the shooting occurred. I worked with him in the days afterward, and he was forever grateful ... writing letters of recommendation to help me land my first job in Washington, and keeping in touch through the years.
He joined me and a few others in a panel discussion at Kent on the 25th anniversary of the shooting, and was sympathetic, fair, and willing to share his extraordinary experiences with young journalists. Ike -- I and many others will miss you.

Posted by: William G. Armstrong Jr. | September 3, 2008 1:15 PM

As a Navy Public Affairs officer I knew Ike when he was in the Pentagon. He was a good reporter and easy to work with. He was part of a 90 person media embark to Gitmo which I ran as CINCLANTFLT PAO in the late 70s. They were the first newsmen to visit there in over 15 years. We put all these reporters in an enlisted barracks with a communal head (mens room) and I still remember Ike that morning in a towel saying "Hamilton only you could do this to me!" The last time I saw him was at a McLean HS football game in the late 80's. Our daughter and his son were Class of '91. A Great Guy who will be missed.

Posted by: Captain Larry D. Hamilton USN (ret) | September 3, 2008 9:24 PM

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