Legendary New York news anchor John Roland dead at 81

His death was confirmed by his wife, Anna Rohleder, who said that he passed away on May 8, 2023, after battling a long illness.

Legendary New York news anchor John Roland, who was a fixture on the city's television screens for more than four decades, has died at the age of 81.

Roland was born on September 10, 1941, in Mineola, New York. He began his career in broadcasting at the age of 19, working for radio stations in New York and New Jersey.

In 2004, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New York Press Club.

During his career, Roland covered some of the most significant events in New York's history, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the blackout of 1977.

He also interviewed countless politicians, celebrities, and other newsmakers, earning a reputation as a tough and fair journalist who always asked the tough questions.

Roland's work earned him numerous accolades throughout his career.

Roland retired from broadcasting in 2006, but he remained active in the community, working with various charities and organizations.

He was also a mentor to many young journalists, sharing his knowledge and experience with the next generation of broadcasters.

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