Who was Diane Ronnau? Tributes pour in as veteran CBS news producer dies

On Saturday, July 23, veteran CBS News producer Diane Ronnau died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. As a producer, she worked on several news programs on the channel. However, Ronnau was best known for her contributions to 48 hours and CBS Evening News.

In a 2007 interview with CBS’ Sandra Hughes, Ronnau opened up about her diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and how determined she was to beat it. The veteran news producer was diagnosed with cancer prior to the aforementioned interview and has battled the disease for 15 years since then.

According to CBS News reporter Joy Benedict’s Facebook tribute to Ronnau, the late news producer appeared to have beaten her cancer. However, her post also suggests that Ronnau’s pancreatic cancer was in remission.


What do we know about the late Diane Ronnau?

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There is not much information available about Diane Ronnau’s life prior to her employment at CBS. According to her LinkedIn profile, Ronnau joined CBS in 1990, where she worked for more than 32 years.

During his three decades of employment with CBS, Ronnau produced shows like 48 hours and the CBS morning To display. His LinkedIn profile further established that the veteran news producer was a resident of Los Angeles, California. In addition, she also occasionally produced CBS Sunday morning. According to CBS:

“For the past 20 years, she has been a producer for the ‘CBS Evening News,’ covering stories spanning the legal and political worlds, as well as breakthroughs in medical and scientific innovation.”

The News Network’s online publication portal further said that Diane Ronnau was also associated with recent coverage of the verdict and sentencing of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd. Ronnau reportedly produced specific segments of the cover.

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In 2018, Ronnau was jointly nominated for a Primetime Emmy in the category of “Outstanding Coverage of Breaking News in a Newscast” for the network’s contribution to coverage of the Las Vegas massacre.

Ronnau received the nomination as part of the group associated with producing and airing the aforementioned segment on two shows, CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and CBS this morning.


Diane Ronnau’s fight against pancreatic cancer

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The late CBS News producer hasn’t revealed much about her ordeal with pancreatic cancer over the past 15 years. Ronnau explained her reasons for not being publicly open about the disease during her 2007 interview with Sandra Hughes. The Los Angeles native told the host:

“The truth is that sometimes you do things because you have to do them. I’m sick, but I also have responsibilities. I have a family, I have a job, I have to do these things. As much as I I was extremely worried about being sick, I also wanted to participate in the rest of my life to which I am very attached.

At the time, she added:

“I chose not to be identified with cancer. I chose to be identified as a working mother.”

According to some tweets after his death, Ronnau had stage IV pancreatic cancer. As Joy Benedict’s Facebook tribute to Ronnau hints, the late journalist is survived by her sons, Ben and Aiden.


Condolences pour in after the announcement of the death of Diane Ronnau

As CBS reported the news of his unfortunate demise, many of Ronnau’s supporters and colleagues took to Twitter and paid tribute to the late news producer.

Shout out to my great lifelong friend, soul girl #1, #DianeRonnau. She dealt with stage IV pancreatic cancer for over 15 years (median survival is 1), raising her boys to adulthood, with a huge heart, an out of control mind, and a great sense of humor. cbsnews.com/news/diane-ron… via @CBSNews

This poem explores the combination of grief and wonder that Julie and I and many others feel as we consider the loss of our beautiful, brilliant and courageous friend, Diane Ronnau. We will miss you forever, Di. Adrift janicefalls.wordpress.com/2016/06/09/adr…

@harrylitman @CBSNews May his memory be a blessing. My father died of pancreatic cancer nearly 20 years ago at age 63, just 6 weeks after his diagnosis. Amazing, she and her family – and her friends – have spent so much time together. ❤️💔

@CBSMornings …one of the best humans I’ve ever known… the world is less without her.

Additionally, several of her associates pointed out how she survived cancer for 15 years. Meanwhile, others have praised his contributions on CBS.


Edited by Sijo Samuel Paul

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