Katherine “Katy” Textor, the expensive, devoted producer who collaborated with Morley Safer on almost all the grasp storyteller’s stories over his final years on “60 Minutes,” died of most cancers Friday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. She was 45.
The gifted producer and mom leaves behind her beloved husband Colin Farmer and their kids, Riley and Will, along with a grieving “60 Minutes” employees who will miss her shiny persona and fast wit.
“Katy Textor was a scrupulous journalist and a beautiful storyteller. Her power and persona can be inconceivable to interchange at ’60 Minutes,'” stated Invoice Owens, government producer of “60 Minutes.”
Tanya Simon, government editor of “60 Minutes” stated, “Katy fought a brave battle over the past two and a half years, however her tenacity did not shock these of us who knew her at ’60 Minutes.’ We noticed it in her work and in her friendships — she was whip-smart with a megawatt smile and a fierce sense of loyalty, heat and compassion.”
Textor continued to work all through her sickness, producing tales for different correspondents that included the primary tv interview with the whistleblower who uncovered the Theranos blood-testing machine fraud and an insightful story in regards to the Syrian refugee disaster.
Textor is remembered for her dedication to Safer and his work that helped maintain the legendary “60 Minutes” correspondent on the air till just a few weeks earlier than his loss of life. Over a 12-year interval with Safer, she produced profiles, options and investigations. The largest news-maker amongst these tales was the much-anticipated first interview with Ruth Madoff in 2011. Almost 19 million folks watched the spouse of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff inform Safer she knew nothing about her husband’s lengthy and elaborate multi-billion-dollar fraud. As Textor regarded on within the interview, Madoff stated she and her husband tried suicide with drugs.
In maybe her most placing story with Safer, she investigated homicide prices introduced towards a physician attempting to deal with aged and acutely in poor health sufferers for days with out electrical energy within the sweltering aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Anna Pou, accused of administering deadly injections, denied the fees when she spoke for the primary time within the story that raised questions of medical ethics and human compassion.
Different standout examples of her work with Safer embody a phase on regenerative drugs, through which physique elements may be grown for sufferers, and a narrative in regards to the billion-dollar artwork trove German authorities found within the condo of one among Adolf Hitler’s main artwork sellers.
Textor got here to CBS Information in 2003 from ABC Information, the place she was a White Home producer, political reporter on the Bush-Gore 2000 presidential race and labored for the documentary unit. She started working with Safer at “60 Minutes” in 2004.
Katherine Textor was born Might 17, 1974, in Seattle, Washington, the place she grew up. She attended Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and later served on the varsity’s board of trustees. Textor was a standout squash participant and a staff co-captain on the College of Pennsylvania; she graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s diploma from UPenn’s Annenberg College of Communication.
She can be survived by her mother and father, Wendy and George Textor, and her brothers, Clinton and Andrew, and their households.
There’s a memorial service deliberate for Thursday, June 20 at 11:00 a.m., Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church situated at 73rd Avenue in Manhattan.
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