The Community Service Society extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Marlene Sanders, who passed away yesterday. Marlene was best known as a trailblazing female journalist whose early success as a television correspondent—she was the first woman to anchor a prime time network newscast—helped pave the way for others who would come after her and change the face of television news forever.
But she was also a great friend to CSS, having served for more than 20 years as the Chair of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the organization’s signature volunteer program, and as a former member until 2015 of the CSS Board of Trustees.
A three-time Emmy Award winning correspondent, producer, writer, and former news executive, Marlene’s illustrious career in journalism spanned more than three decades, including stints at ABC News, CBS News, and PBS. In addition to reporting assignments she produced and narrated documentaries for HBO, public television, and others. When her journalism career was over Marlene remained active in the media profession and as an advocate for women’s issues. She also contributed to the development of young journalists as adjunct professor at the NYU Journalism Institute.
Marlene will be remembered as a warm, engaging, and undaunted individual who accomplished so much in her groundbreaking career and was incredibly generous with her time and resources. It is with sadness and a profound sense of loss that we mourn her death.