Lisa Colagrossi, WABC Reporter, Dies at 49 After Brain Aneurysm Following Live Report
Lisa Colagrossi, a popular reporter for WABC in New York, died of a brain aneurysm while on assignment this week. The station announced the sad news on Saturday. Colagrossi was 49. She is survived by her husband and two sons.
On Thursday, the journalist was in the news van on her way back from covering a four-alarm fire in Queens when she signaled to colleagues that something was wrong. An ambulance was flagged down and Colagrossi was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was placed on life support. She never regained consciousness, and was pronounced dead on Friday.
“Lisa Colagrossi embodied the Eyewitness News spirit- a straightforward reporter who told the truth, empathetic to the everyday citizens of the New York area, and demanding of those in power,” said WABC president and general manager Dave Davis in a statement. ”All of us in the Channel 7 family are in shock over her sudden death. Our attention is now focused on helping her husband and two children though this difficult time.”
The station’s news director, Camille Edwards, said of Colagrossi, “Her bright smile and big blue eyes lit up our newsroom. She was a reporter with two wonderful qualities: grace and grit… Our hearts are truly broken.” Colagrossi had previously worked for news stations in her native Cleveland, as well as Alabama, Florida and West Virginia. She joined WABC in New York in 2001.