The Eric Wishnie Memorial Fund
As Senior Producer for “NBC Nightly News” with Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams, Eric Wishnie was a world class journalist. He produced Brokaw’s trips to Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan and Israel as well as interviews with leaders such as President George W. Bush and King Abdullah & Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan. Eric also produced coverage of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and the 2002 games in Sydney. Eric traveled with Williams to produce election coverage in Iraq and post-tsunami coverage in Indonesia. He lived an active life.
Bestowed with the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast; Wishnie also won Emmy Awards for his overseas and local news coverage. Eric was very endearing, charming and funny He never met a stranger. A romantic, Eric loved the New York Yankees, the Florida Gators and his dog, Lincoln. He enjoyed a good steak, a perfect martini and gummy bears. Although he may actually have been an introvert, he was truly interested in people. He was a master at putting people at ease and making them feel important. His passion for music, film and comedy supplied his drive to become an accomplished journalist. His charm, wit and kindness made him a beloved son, brother and friend. Unfortunately, his brilliant life was cut short leaving his family to ask the question “how do we honor and remember Eric?”
Eric’s passion for knowledge and learning ignited his life, leading his family to establish the Eric Wishnie Memorial Fund at Children First. Eric’s father Ted and his step-mother Ethna endowed the fund with a cash contribution and named Children First as a beneficiary in their will. Eric’s sister & brother-in-law Dawn and Mitchell Epstein are also contributors to the fund.
As Ted Wishnie said: “It is the family’s hope that others will join us in growing this fund thus ensuring deserving children improve the quality of their lives.” You may contribute to the Eric Wishnie Memorial Fund by making a direct gift of stock or cash, or you can name Children First in your will.
Eric Wishnie Memorial Fund
Make a donation to Children First in memory of Eric Wishnie, so that children in poverty may have the opportunity to see and change the world, as Eric did.