Pablo Guzman, the legendary reporter whose distinctive voice resonated across the airwaves of New York City for decades, passed away at the age of 73, as announced by CBS New York on Monday. Guzman, a seasoned journalist, breathed his last on Sunday morning, concluding a remarkable career that spanned over 30 years covering crime, politics, and the transformative journey of the city.
Having served as a senior correspondent for CBS in his final role, Guzman embarked on his broadcasting career at WNEW-TV Channel 5 in 1984. His journalistic journey continued at WNBC in 1992 before he made the transition to CBS 2 a few years later, where he contributed for approximately 16 years. CBS 2 acknowledged his extensive coverage of crime, local politics, the courts, and his passionate reporting on the New York Yankees in an article commemorating his life.
A graduate of Bronx High School of Science, Guzman pursued his education at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. Notably, he was a founding member of the Young Lords, a revolutionary party primarily composed of Puerto Ricans in New York, showcasing his commitment to social and political causes. Guzman’s versatility extended beyond broadcasting, as he also contributed as a writer to various publications, including Village Voice, Billboard, Rolling Stone, and the New York Daily News.
Colleagues and peers remembered Guzman as an original, unpredictable, and trustworthy journalist. CBS 2 anchor Cindy Hsu reflected on his uniqueness, stating, “Pablo was so original, and is going to be missed. He knew everybody.” News Director Sarah Burke highlighted Guzman’s ability to bring out “the best in people,” emphasizing the trust he garnered.
CBS 2 reporter Tony Aiello paid tribute to Guzman’s impactful life, noting, “Pablo Guzmán packed 150 years worth of life into 73.” Aiello celebrated Guzman’s vitality, earned through experiences on the streets of El Barrio, and acknowledged his role in shaping the unique history of New York City. Mayor Eric Adams joined the tributes, recognizing Guzman as a truth-teller who held leaders accountable, stating, “Our city is a better place because of the work he did, and he will be truly missed.” Pablo Guzman is survived by his wife Debbie, his children Angela and Daniel, and his mother Sally.