Nina Kapur, a reporter with CBS New York, has died in a moped accident at the age of 26. Kapur was a native of Newtown, Pennsylvania. Kapur was was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital in New York City on July 18.
Kapur’s death was announced on CBS New York’s website on the night of July 19. The CBS affiliate story said that Kapur had been with the station since June 2019 and that she “was known for her contagious smile and love for storytelling.”
Kapur’s CBS New York colleague Jessica Moore paid tribute to her on Twitter writing, “I’m heartbroken to learn about the passing of my friend and colleague @ninakapur1. Her smile lit up the room. Her tenacity and determination were remarkable. She always strove to be better, work harder and love those around her.”
Kapur Was a Graduate of Syracuse University
Kapur was a journalism graduate of Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication and Whitman School of Management as part of the class of 2016, according to her LinkedIn page. Following graduation, Kapur went to work as a reporter for WDVM TV in Maryland between May 2016 and November 2017. Kapur then worked as a reporter for News12 Connecticut before making the move to CBS New York in June 2019. On her LinkedIn profile, Kapur described herself as an “Experienced reporter with a strong sense of news judgment.”
In an online resume that was last updated when Kapur was working in Connecticut, she described her role by saying, “I pitch, produce, and execute original news stories for broadcast and digital video platforms on a daily basis. Those stories range from breaking news to pop culture and everything in between.” During her time working in Connecticut, Kapur won the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists’ Diversity Coverage award.
Retired Fairfield, Connecticut Police Chief Gary MacNamara paid tribute to Kapur tweeting, “This is devastating. Nina was such a wonderful person and always a pleasure to interact with. This is one of the many times I had the pleasure of working with her.” News12’s Marissa Alter tweeted, “I’m crushed. Nina was such a bright light—so incredibly kind and positive. She will be missed so much by so many people.”
CBS New York producer Emily Gandolfo tweeted following the news of Kapur’s death, “What an awful, awful day. @ninakapur1 was intelligent, driven, dedicated, and so kind – the true definition of light. I cannot comprehend her loss. Nina, we will miss you so much.”
Kapur Just Returned to New York Following a Trip to Colorado
Less than a week before her death, Kapur tweeted that she had returned to New York following a five day trip to Denver, Colorado. Kapur wrote, “I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get back to work!” Pictures on Kapur’s Instagram page show her attending a wedding as part of the bridal party.
During June and early July 2020, Kapur had been broadcasting from home due to the coronavirus pandemic as well as reporting on the streets at the center of the Black Lives Matter protests of June 2020.