Ruschell Boone Obituary, Death – Our personal news is sad. NY1 colleague and Emmy-winning journalist Ruschell Boone died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. She was 48. Ruschell mentored, befriended, and worked for 21 years. Ruschell West’s Kingston, Jamaica family moved to the Bronx aged 11. Truman High School and Baruch College educated Ruschell. She accidently became a journalist. A classmate missed radio time, letting her join as a senior. Lifelong career begins with New Yorker tales.
In 2002, NY1 hired a great Queens reporter who knew the five boroughs well. She joined the city to help residents. Ruschell examined Hurricane Sandy, neighborhood disputes, and police misbehavior in Queens. TV and in person, Ruschell was a New Yorker’s buddy. Always crucial was highlighting the city’s numerous communities. Ruschell and the New Yorkers who marched with her on Eastern Parkway West Indian-American Day were lauded as patriotic Caribbean diasporas.
Ruschell was comfortable in crowds, whether interviewing New Yorkers about national politics or attending the Village Halloween Parade and Times Square’s ball drop. The New York Press Club awarded her Best Feature Reporting, the New York Association of Black Journalists Best Spot News Reporting, and an Emmy for her personal project, “New York: Unfiltered.” In 2018, just one TV reporter interviewed a noteworthy underdog congressional candidate. Indeed, she told Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Ruschell heard their experiences with hundreds of pandemic-ravaged city demonstrators. Despite her success, Ruschell prioritized her mother, siblings, husband Todd, and two boys, Carter and Jackson. In NY1, Todd married Ruschell on Sept. 24, 2005. Her guidance, friendship, and honesty were valued by generations of NY1 staff.
Ruschell joined the anchor desk in 2021 after nearly two decades of street reporting. At noon on News All Day, she enjoyed communities, breaking news, and New Yorkers’ lives. She enjoyed Nikes and herself daily in the newsroom and anchor set. Ruschell celebrated 20 years at NY1 with staff on June 2, 2022. After pancreatic cancer, she fought hard.
At a tough time, Ruschell updated social media. The mayor and she returned to the anchor desk on her first day. Her passion was cancer and health issues. Ruschell shared her difficulties while helping others. Ruschell always danced, laughed, and thrilled. Ruschell leaves her family, friends, and city a rich and loving legacy as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, journalist, Jamaican-American, and real New Yorker.