Trevor Nelson, a producer for CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” died Thursday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston of complications from meningitis. He was 34.
Nelson produced reports for correspondent Steve Kroft, including a recent story on the business interests in Iraq of Vice President Dick Cheney’s former firm. He also helped Kroft turn out the show’s lead 9/11 story in just five days.
In three years, Nelson produced 20 segments, 15 of which led the broadcast.
Kroft called Nelson the most talented young producer he had ever worked with.
“Trevor Nelson was a guy who had star written all over him,” said “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt. “I thought one day he might be the executive producer of this broadcast.”
Born in New York, Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in political science in 1991 from UC Berkeley. He worked for five years at Christian Science Monitor Radio before joining CBS News in 1996. He worked with Lesley Stahl and Ed Bradley before joining Kroft’s staff. He also wrote stories for the New Republic, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.
He is survived by his wife, Maggie; two young sons; two sisters; and his mother and stepfather.
A memorial service is expected to be held Aug. 4 in New York; details are to be announced.
Donations can be made to orgs that help to preserve Central Park, where he ran daily.