Jeffrey B. Abrams, 46, TV news director

October 13, 2002

Jeffrey Brian Abrams, director of news operations at WBAL-TV, died of an apparent heart attack Thursday during a morning jog near his Woodbine home. He was 46.

Born in South Bend, Ind., and raised in Skokie, Ill., Mr. Abrams graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in political science and history. For the next four years, he headed a team of photographers working on a federal archaeological survey in southwestern Illinois.

Mr. Abrams later worked as a videographer and technical staff manager for television stations in Champaign, Ill., Jacksonville, Fla., Miami and Chicago. In 1999, he was hired by WBAL-TV to supervise a technical staff of 24 videographers and editors.

Mr. Abrams was a "driving force in getting the daily news product on the air," said WBAL-TV News Director Margaret Cronan. "Jeff was demanding, though gentle," she said. "He could take a very frustrating situation and somehow make everybody realize that we could work it out."

Mr. Abrams worked long hours, but always made time to take his children to soccer and softball practice and help them with their homework each night. "His whole life was the station and the children," said his sister, Karyn Abrams of Chicago. He also loved to exercise and to chronicle his family's life in photographs.

Mr. Abrams will be buried in Skokie tomorrow. Plans for a memorial service in Baltimore were incomplete yesterday.

In addition to his sister, Mr. Abrams is survived by his wife, the former Joan Lovelace; two children, Samantha and Jonathan; his father, William Abrams of Chicago; and a brother, Richard Abrams of Chicago.

Memorial donations may be made to the Jonathan and Samantha Abrams Education Fund, c/o Seaway National Bank, 645 E. 87th St., Chicago 60619.

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