Stan Brooks, Veteran Radio Reporter, Dies

Stan Brooks earlier this year.
Stan Brooks earlier this year.

Stan Brooks, the first news director of New York City’s all-news 1010 WINS radio station, died Monday at age 86 after a battle with cancer.

Brooks was born in the Bronx, served in WWII and joined 1010 WINS in 1962. He was named news director when the station changed to all-news format two years later. He covered scores of national and local stories, including the 1971 Attica Prison riot and the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack.

He worked from City Hall and covered seven mayors as well as Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg named City Hall’s radio reporters’ room after Brooks.