Katy Textor Dies: ’60 Minutes’ Producer, was 45

Katherine “Katy” Textor, the producer who worked closely with Morley Safer on many of his 60 Minutes reports, passed away on Friday at the age of 45 due to cancer. Her death was confirmed by CBS and she had been receiving treatment at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan.

In 2003, Textor left ABC News where she worked as a White House producer, political reporter covering the Bush-Gore 2000 presidential race, and member of the documentary unit. She joined CBS News and began collaborating with Safer at 60 Minutes the following year.

Despite battling illness, the producer showed incredible courage by continuing to work and successfully produced stories, including the first televised interview with a Theranos whistleblower and a report on the Syrian refugee crisis.

“Katy Textor was an excellent storyteller and a meticulous journalist. At 60 Minutes, it will be impossible to replicate her enthusiasm and charm, according to executive producer Bill Owens.

Textor’s commitment to ensuring Safer’s success is a testament to her extraordinary dedication to her craft. During her 12-year stint at Safer, she spearheaded several cutting-edge profiles, features, and investigations. Among her most notable works was the groundbreaking interview with Ruth Madoff, which garnered a staggering 19 million views in 2011. Thanks to Textor’s untiring efforts, Safer remained on the airwaves right up until the legendary correspondent’s demise.

In 2003, Textor joined CBS News after working as a White House producer and political reporter for ABC News during the Bush-Gore 2000 presidential campaign and contributing to the documentary unit. Her partnership with Safer at 60 Minutes began in 2004.

Meet Textor, a Seattle native born on May 17, 1974. After attending Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, she went on to become squash team co-captain at the University of Pennsylvania – graduating in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree from the Annenberg School of Communication. Her success didn’t stop there, later serving on the school’s board of trustees.

Mrs. Farmer is survived by her husband Colin and their children Riley and Will. Additionally, her parents Wendy and George Textor, as well as her brothers Clinton and Andrew and their families, continue to remember her fondly. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 20 at 11:00am EST, at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church which is located at 73rd Street in Manhattan.

In 2011, Ruth Madoff’s highly anticipated interview took the media by storm. Over 19 million viewers tuned in to hear the wife of infamous Ponzi schemer, Bernard Madoff, reveal that she had no knowledge of her husband’s elaborate multi-billion-dollar fraud. In the presence of Textor, Madoff disclosed that she and her husband tried to commit suicide with medication.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a doctor faced murder charges for treating elderly and acutely ill patients without electricity. Journalist investigated the story, which raised important questions about medical ethics and human compassion. The accused doctor, Dr. Anna Pou, spoke out to deny the allegations of administering lethal injections.

In addition to her impressive portfolio with Safer, two notable works include a feature on revolutionary regenerative medicine and a captivating tale of a billion-dollar art collection uncovered in the apartment of a renowned Nazi art dealer.

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