John Noel, a veteran reporter and major presence on WNBC/4's air the last 15 years, has died from complications related to brain cancer. He was 62. The statement from NBC:
It is with great sadness that we report the loss of our beloved colleague John Noel. John had been a reporter at WNBC since 1998. Prior to joining our New York family, he reported in Detroit and in St. Louis. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., John joined the Air Force in the 1970s. He became interested in the business while deployed in Thailand where he was a radio programmer and announcer. Back stateside, he went to college on the G.I. Bill. He attended Brooklyn College, graduating summa cum laude. John went on to get an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri. Two years ago, John had been diagnosed with a serious illness but continued to come to work until recently. Our WNBC family sends its thoughts and prayers to John’s family. He will be sincerely missed.