Richard Hake Wiki – Richard Hake Biography
Richard Hake, a public radio host and reporter for nearly three decades who liked to say that his morning updates “woke up New York,” has died., April 24th at the age of 51 at his home according to WNYC News CEO Goli Sheikholeslami. Hake’s cause of death has not been yet been determined.
Richard Hake Background & Parents
Richard Scott Hake was born on Jan. 4, 1969, in the Bronx, to Richard James Hake, a New York City police detective, and Joy Mekeland, a clerical worker and secretary. His parents divorced in 1986, and Ms. Mekeland married Joseph Colombo, an IT consultant, in 1994.
Education and Early Career
Hake graduated from Fordham University and was a member of its M.A. in Public Media Advisory Board.
Colombo described her son as a social person who also loved theater. In December 2011, he made his Broadway debut as a chimney sweep in “Mary Poppins.”
Richard Hake Career
“Richard worked at WNYC for nearly 30 years as a host, reporter, and producer,” Sheikholeslami wrote. “He was an extraordinary broadcaster and journalist who had a passion for excellence and who took great pride in serving our audience. We will remember him very warmly.”
Hake’s voice was recognizable to many New Yorkers as the host of WNYC’s Morning Edition program, providing local news reports and interviewing the region’s newsmakers. He also contributed reporting to national programs, including NPR’s All Things Considered.
In his Twitter profile, Hake noted his unique role in the bustling Big Apple, writing: “I wake people up and tell them stories on the alarm clock, the app, streaming, in the shower, in the car, etc.”
Richard Hake Death & Cause
He died on Friday, April 24th at the age of 51 at his home according to WNYC News CEO Goli Sheikholeslami. The statement reads;
Hake’s station, WNYC, said the 51-year-old anchor died Friday at his Manhattan apartment, where he’d been working in recent weeks as the coronavirus crisis kept station personnel from their office.
Goli Sheikholeslami, the president and CEO of New York Public Radio, announced Hake’s death in a memo to staff on Saturday. She said a tribute is being planned. Hake’s family said he died of natural causes.