Neil Patterson

Neil Patterson, ABC News senior vice president of operations and the executive in charge of ABC’s millennium program, died March 25 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City of complications from a stroke he suffered Feb. 1. He was 50.

Patterson was a 22-year veteran of ABC News who served in many key positions domestically and abroad.

He was managing director of overseas operations for ABC News for many years, where he was on site for major news events, including the civil war in Beirut, the Persian Gulf War, the Iranian revolution and the Somali invasion.

He began his tenure at ABC’s New York headquarters in 1992, first as director of production for ABC News magazines and then as vice president of operations. He was promoted to senior veep in 1995.

Patterson was born in New York City in 1949. He graduated from Syracuse U. and began his broadcasting career as a page at NBC in New York in 1974.

He is survived by his wife, Kris Sebastian, three children and two sisters.

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