WNBC reporter John Noel is hospitalized with brain cancer. He’s reportedly being treated at Lutheran Medical Center in Brooklyn. Noel, who joined WNBC in 1998, was first diagnosed with the disease last year.
Former Channel 4 anchor Sue Simmons wishes her one-time colleague a speedy recovery.
“John Noel is one of the good guys. He battled back from the first brain cancer and came back to work,” Simmons tells Tuned In. “A job that everyone knows requires an ability to be quick on your feet. As always he answered the bell with no fuss…no muss. We keep our fingers and toes crossed!”
A WNBC spokesperson refused to comment on Noel’s condition.
In February, the Brooklyn native appeared at the McDonald’s Black Media Legends event, at which Simmons was one of the honorees.
Noel has been off the air for at least two months. Tuned In has learned that Noel would occasionally show up at work, but was unable to cover stories.
Noel graduated summa cum laude from Brooklyn College. He earned a master’s degree at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
An Emmy Award winner, Noel also was the recipient of the 1999 New York State Broadcasters Award.