Baristanet is sad to report that Glen Rochkind, television journalist and Montclair resident passed away on May 12.
Glen Steven Rochkind passed away Thursday, May 12th in his Montclair, New Jersey home.
He was a native and great lover of New Orleans. Educated at the Isidore Newman School and later at Georgetown University, he set his sights toward journalism and took his first job as a production assistant in the Washington bureau of NBC Nightly News. Among his career stops were USA Today’s TV Show, WRC-TV and CNBC, where he was the financial channel’s first London Bureau chief in 1990.
He served in a number of positions at CNBC including Washington Bureau Chief, managing editor and executive producer of a number of specials, including the network’s acclaimed special “Inside Walmart” with David Faber, which won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2004. In 2001, he and correspondent Steve Frank travelled to Saudi Arabia to score the first one-on-one interview with Prince Alwaleed. “Along the way”, said Matt Cuddy, who succeeded Glen as CNBC’s Washington Bureau Chief, “there were dozens of us at CNBC who he went to bat for and fought for. He was always on the side of smart journalism”.
Glen left broadcasting in 2006 for a stint as Senior Vice President of Hill and Knowlton and then as the head of his own crisis public relations firm, only to jump back in to be one of the producers of CBS News “60 Minutes” groundbreaking “Inside Apple” piece in December of last year.
It seems there was no question in TV news — to which Glen Rochkind wasn’t the answer. But his career was only one aspect of Glen. He was a gourmet, a gourmand and a junk-food junkie.
He was a great and constant friend.
Glen is survived by his loving parents, Arlene and Oscar (aka “Chief”), his two sisters, Lynn Rochkind Gansar and Dale Rochkind, all of South Florida. And the production about which he was most proud, his beloved 11-year-old son, Jack. Glen would always call Jack his “favorite boy in the world” and instilled in Jack an amazing appreciation for things around him and a deep, loving concern for others. Jack knows that his father loved him deeply and that Glen’s influence will help guide him as he experiences what life has to offer.
Memorial services are being planned in New Orleans and Montclair for next month.
Baristanet offers its deepest condolences to the Rochkind family.