Chris Borgen, reporter with WCBS-TV News for three decades, died from pulmonary fibrosis April 25 in Ridgewood, N.J. He was 76.
Gotham native attended City College and Columbia and received an honorary doctor from Felician College in New Jersey.
He was an NYPD detective for eight years, earning 19 citations for bravery, and served as the on-air moderator for the series “Experts Answer,” a U.S.I.A.-sponsored program televised in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
From 1963-65, he was news writer and broadcaster for WINS-AM in New York and, prior to that, he was Director of Operations at WNCN in New York.
He joined WCBS in 1966, reporting on the station’s evening and latenight news programs. He also hosted public affairs programs such as “Channel 2 The People” and “Channel 2 Eye On.” His “Police Files” series resulted in more than 40 felony arrests and the recovery of more than $2.5 million in stolen property.
For his reporting, he earned more than 130 awards, including the Governor’s Award from the New York Chapter of NARAS. Additionally, he was honored by the Associated Press Broadcasters Assn. and the Deadline Club, the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He retired in 1995.
He is survived by wife Mitsu, a sonand a granddaughter.