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Remembering Ruschell Boone: Honoring a New York journalism icon and her profound legacy

Ruschell, an esteemed reporter and anchor at NY1, was tragically taken from us at the tender age of 48, after a valiant battle against pancreatic cancer.

Ruschell is a Kingston, Jamaica native, but when she was just 11 years old, her family embarked on a life-changing move to the Bronx. Her educational path led her to Harry S. Truman High School, and from there, she ventured into the vibrant heart of Manhattan, attending Baruch College.

In 2002, Ruschell embarked on her remarkable 21-year journey with NY1, starting as a reporter. Ruschell had a beat in the borough of Queens, where she focused on matters ranging from neighborhood disputes to instances of police misconduct. What made Ruschell stand out was her talent for connecting with New Yorkers whether she was on camera or engaged in conversations.

Throughout her career, Ruschell’s dedication brought her recognition and praise from organizations like the New York Association of Black Journalists. One of her achievements was the captivating series she created called “New York; Unfiltered,” which provided a perspective on her deep connection, with the beloved city.

In 2018, Ruschell made history as the sole television reporter to conduct a live interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a relatively unknown candidate at the time who would go on to become a prominent figure. During turbulent times marked by social upheaval, Ruschell was on the front lines, amplifying the voices of protesters and those whose stories yearned to be heard.

Beyond her professional accolades, Ruschell’s heart was deeply entwined with her family – her mother, her siblings, her husband Todd, and their two sons, Carter and Jackson.

In 2021, Ruschell made a transition to the anchor desk, where she delivered the day’s latest news at noon on “News All Day.” Her love for the community, her zeal for breaking news, and her profound understanding of the lives of New Yorkers radiated through her work. Her trademark pair of Nikes, a constant presence both in the newsroom and on set, reflected her distinctive style and enduring spirit.

On June 2, 2022, Ruschell celebrated a remarkable 20-year tenure at NY1, surrounded by colleagues who had become her second family. After some time she bravely started her fight, against cancer, which she fearlessly shared on social media. When she made a comeback as an anchor, accompanied by the mayor it demonstrated her resilience and unwavering determination.

In memory of Ruschell Boone her radiance will forever shine in the hearts of New Yorkers serving as a reminder of how one person can impact the world.


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