Back Stories: Covering Nelson Mandela Up Close

WCBS 880's 50th Anniversary Takes A Look Back

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — When Nelson Mandela came to New York in June 1990, reporter Steve Reed was part of the station’s team coverage.

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“Nelson Mandela was an experience,” Steve says. “It was emotional, overwhelming.”

As a pool reporter, he was part of the motorcade as Mandela went from point A to point B.

“Seeing the man in person and hearing him, there was a tranquility, calmness and a strength to him,” Steve adds. “This was a very deep and very spiritual experience.”

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