Richard Wald Obituary: Richard Wald, a well-known television executive who served as president of NBC News in the 1970s, steered ABC News coverage for decades, and taught media industry methods at Columbia Journalism School, died on Friday, May 13, 2022.
Wald had lived for 92 years.
Richard Wald Obituary
Wald had a stroke in his sleep on Sunday, May 8, 2022, and died five days later, on May 13, in a hospital in New Rochelle, New York, according to his son Jonathan.
Wald began his career in journalism as a reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Herald Tribune, rising to become the paper’s penultimate managing editor before its death in 1966.
At the Tribune, Wald worked alongside notable New Journalism characters such as Jim Bellows, Jimmy Breslin, Gail Sheehy, and Tom Wolfe.
Before joining NBC in 1967, Wald worked as the Sunday editor of the New York World Journal Tribune and as the associate managing editor of The Washington Post.
In January 1973, Wald was named president of NBC News.
Wald left NBC News in 1977 owing to a squabble with management over low ratings and was hired by Roone Arledge, then president of ABC News, to head the news division’s day-to-day operations in 1978.
Following his retirement from ABC News in 1999, Wald began teaching at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
From 1954 until her death in 2021, Wald was married to Edith Leslie, with whom he had three children. Richard Wald Obituary