NEW YORK – A former Emmy-winning television producer who worked with Tom Brokaw at NBC News died Monday after falling from his apartment building, police said.
Police initially reported that the producer, Eric R. Wishnie, was hit by a vehicle that fled the scene, but later they said they had located a witness who saw him as he fell from an adjacent building. The medical examiner's office said it had scheduled an autopsy.
NBC News President Steve Capus said in a statement that Wishnie, 44, was "an enormously talented former senior producer at NBC News, who had a hand in some of the most monumental and memorable news stories of our time."
Wishnie produced numerous stories for Brokaw in the Middle East, along with coverage of the Olympic Games in Athens, Sydney and Atlanta and the first North American interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
He was found in the street in Greenwich Village at about 3 a.m. Monday, and he died two hours later at a hospital, NBC said.
Tim Minton, a reporter for WNBC-TV, the local affiliate, quoted police as saying they did not believe foul play was involved.
Wishnie was a former senior producer for "The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." He had been a key producer for Brokaw, Williams' predecessor as anchor of the evening news program, traveling with him on such assignments as the war in Iraq and post-tsunami coverage in Indonesia.
In 1993, while based in Chicago, Wishnie and NBC reporter Dawn Fratangelo won Emmy awards for their coverage of Midwest floods. They married in October 1997.