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Ellen McKeefe

  • | 10:50 a.m. September 18, 2023
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Ellen McKeefe

Ellen McKeefe, an Emmy-nominated television news producer who was one of the early women behind the scenes during a long career at NBC News, died August 7, 2023 in Sarasota, Florida of cancer. She was 78.

Ellen Mary McKeefe was born in Georgetown, Washington DC on September 16, 1944 to Charlotte (Parker) and Francis McKeefe and lived most of her youth in upstate New York.

She graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Fine Arts, minoring in Renaissance Art History, in 1966. During her years with NBC News Ellen covered events in Washington, Rome, New York, Boston, Miami, London, the Middle East and Central/South America serving variously as news producer, bureau chief and on-scene manager at major domestic and foreign news events.

After retirement from NBC News, Ellen lived in Sarasota and continued freelance television news and sports production for NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, Fox, ESPN, National Geographic and others.

Ellen was a gifted painter. Watercolor painting in Sarasota and Italy became a passion, along with sailing, and birding in Florida and Scotland.

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