Josh Gelman, a multi-award-winning producer for CBS News’ “48 Hours” died Tuesday night, January 4, on the age of 62, after an extended, brave battle with most cancers. His spouse Christina, his brothers Gregg and Matt, and Gregg’s husband Joe have been at his facet.
In his practically three-decade profession at CBS News, Josh displayed his quite a few skills as an editor, producer, author, and photographer. His supreme reward was discovering, capturing, and deploying photographs that exposed the emotion and deeper meanings on the coronary heart of each story. And his tales took him seemingly in every single place: from overlaying the Eco-Challenge race in Borneo; to exploring the interior workings of Hollywood; to reporting on a few of the world’s most compelling true-crime sagas such because the disappearance of, the homicide of , the trial of and the case of “Fatal Vision” killer Jeffrey MacDonald.
Josh was additionally beloved as a colleague who all the time took the time to mentor, to show, to assist. Years since they final labored with Josh, many producers and editors throughout the trade nonetheless regard the time they spent with him as a pivotal second of their profession.
Josh really understood the facility of storytelling. And it was a narrative that modified his life ceaselessly.
In 1998, Josh started documenting the journey of a 12-year-old lady named Colby who was being handled for leukemia. He spent quite a lot of time with Colby and fashioned an enduring bond together with her household.
“The experience made a deep impression on me,” he later stated.
Josh stayed in contact with Colby’s household, even after she died the next summer season. He was so moved by his expertise together with her that he grew to become a daily platelet donor, on the possibility that he may save another person’s life. Nine years later, Josh was getting ready to provide platelets at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital’s blood donor room when he obtained an inkling that one thing may be improper together with his personal blood.
“They plugged me into the machine and then unplugged me right away,” Josh later recalled. “A doctor came in and said, ‘You need to see a hematologist.'”
Josh was identified with important thrombocythemia, a situation involving the blood and marrow. It was treatable with medicine, however there was an opportunity the situation may progress. Unfortunately, it did.
In 2014, Josh was identified with a uncommon dysfunction known as myelofibrosis, which may turn into leukemia. He wanted new stem cells from a bone marrow transplant, however there have been no matches. With the clock ticking, he was handled by Dr. Juliet Barker, a number one professional in wire blood transplants, which use stem cells from the umbilical wire and placenta of wholesome newborns. It was a comparatively new strategy for a prognosis like Josh’s, and Dr. Barker’s crew carried out the process on him in January of 2015.
It could be an extended highway again, however Josh’s huge circle of household and associates, together with his colleagues at CBS News and “48 Hours,” have been with him on the journey.
In the start, there have been small victories, frequent setbacks, and lots of tough days. But Josh, an avid sportsman and excessive athlete, was up for the problem.
“I’m a strong believer in taking things one step at a time,” he stated. “I just told myself that all I have to do is take the next step. I never worried about how I was going to get over the finish line.”
In 2017, Josh crossed multiple end line.
In May, he accomplished the Brooklyn Half Marathon in two-and-a-half hours. That similar 12 months he married Christina Leijonhufvud, the CEO of BlueMark, an influence funding firm. Josh additionally grew to become a beloved father to Christina’s daughter, Eva.
Josh remained grateful to his medical crew and was dedicated to serving to them save the lives of others. He rode in “Cycle for Survival” to boost cash for uncommon most cancers analysis at Memorial Sloan Kettering. This was on high of the years he spent as an athlete and coach with “Team in Training,” a company that makes use of endurance sports activities competitors to boost cash for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Numerous most cancers survivors and others credit score Josh’s teaching with serving to them full races that they by no means dreamed of even competing in.
And Josh made time in his busy, lively life to renew his fly fishing pilgrimages to Montana, to rejoice every milestone with Christina, and to show Eva to rock climb.
In the years after his restoration, Josh did a few of the most interesting work of his profession at CBS News. Most notably, he served as a senior producer on “Bravery and Hope: 7 Days on The Front Line.” This award-winning documentary featured the work of a crew of CBS News journalists embedded with emergency physicians and important care specialists, struggling to avoid wasting sufferers affected by COVID-19 at Montefiore Medical Center within the Bronx on the top of the pandemic.
Bravery and Hope: two phrases that outlined Josh Gelman.
In November of 2020, Josh shared a observe with the “48 Hours”‘ workers that after six years, his most cancers was again, regardless of his profitable stem cell transplant. Josh shared his information, he stated, as a result of he thought it would assist somebody.
“I always feel it’s better to share this stuff as you never know who else I could help with my experience or find help with someone else’s,” he wrote. “Though this is another mountain to climb, I’m so lucky to have my family friends and co-workers to get me up that hill. We are feeling optimistic, I am strong, and I take great comfort that I have the people in my life that I do.”
Josh climbed that mountain, together with his household, associates and colleagues behind him, till he succumbed this previous Tuesday. While his loss is felt deeply, many mirrored admiringly on his achievements, his numerous acts of kindness and friendship, and his braveness.
“Josh was the bravest person I have ever known — quietly fighting cancer. Never saying much about it,” stated “48 Hours” government producer Judy Tygard. “Just pushing on.”
In addition to his spouse, Christina, and his daughter, Eva, Josh is survived by his mom, Joan Gelman — a former author and producer at CBS News — his father Warren Gelman, his stepmother Susan Gelman, his brothers and sisters Gregg Gelman and Joseph Hershberger, Wendy and Rhys Gwyn, Matt and Meredith Gelman, Herbie and Kalle Gelman, Nancy and Eric Chilton, and Helaine and John Winer, and nieces and nephews Gracie, Lindsay, Jack, Alexa, Ryan, Jake, Hunter, and Olivia.
Donations will be made in Josh’s honor to Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Cycle for Survival.