Chester Burger, PR and television pioneer, dead at 90

NEW YORK: Chester Burger, a pioneer in both PR and broadcast journalism, died after a long battle with prostate cancer on March 22.

NEW YORK: Chester Burger, a pioneer in both PR and broadcast journalism, died after a long battle with prostate cancer on March 22. He was 90 years old.

Burger created the nation's first communications management consulting firm, Chester Burger & Co., in 1964. He advised many PR firms, and provided communications counsel to such companies as American Bankers Association, Sears, Texas Instruments, and AT&T, the latter for which he counseled for 33 years, according to a statement released by his family. He was elected an honorary member by the Telephone Pioneers of America, making him one of only two people given such an honor who were not former Bell employees.

His career started at CBS, where in 1946 he became the country's first TV news reporter. He later served as news editor and then, in 1953, became the first national news editor.

He also authored five books on the executive life, including Survival in the Executive Jungle. He also penned Unexpected New York, a book of photos and historical text identifying 87 historic sites in the city's five boroughs. First published in 2007, a third printing is planned with 100 additional pages.

He is survived by his wife Elisabeth, two sons, and a daughter.

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