NBC New York reporter Katherine Creag has tragically passed away at the age of 47, the network announced on Thursday morning.
The veteran reporter who joined WNBC in 2011 had been a familiar face on its flagship show Today in New York for years covering anything and everything across the region. The network described her as “instantly recognizable for her distinctive voice and hearty laugh, Creag was the first face many New Yorkers woke up to every day.”
The network has called her death “unexpected” as she had not been ill and was working as recently as Wednesday morning (the day of her death). The cause of her tragic passing is still unknown.
“For ten years Kat was one of our cornerstones, always willing to help in any situation, whether it was a colleague in need or a shift that needed to be covered,” WNBC’s Vice President of News Amy Morris said in a staff email. “She was thoughtful, funny and relentless. And even on the toughest days she was a bright light, quick with a kind word and a smile.”
Former colleagues and fans of the dedicated TV journalist took to social media to share their condolences. “So heartbroken. Sending love to our colleagues at NBC & Kat's beautiful family. I was lucky enough to work alongside Kat on the AM shift,” journalist Reena Roy tweeted. “I'll never forget her big smile, her bubbly energy (even at 4 am!), and our group breakfasts after the morning shows.”
A longtime viewer of the show wrote that he was “heartbroken” after hearing the news. “This morning I was wondering why Katherine Creag wasn't on giving the news. Just now at 11 its revealed she died last night. My heart goes out to NBC4 NY and the Today in NY team,” a user wrote, adding: “Its remarkable how much of an impact a news reporter can have on a community.”
Creag was a 1996 NYU graduate who spent five years at Fox before joining the NBC family, she won or shared in winning multiple Emmy Awards over the course of her career. She is survived by her three young children and husband of 14 years, Bill Gafner.