Steve Flanders Square is named after Stephen C. “Steve” Flanders, an award-winning broadcast journalist who covered New York and national politics for more than four decades.
Flanders died of a heart attack at the age of 64 on January 18, 1983 while on his way to a news conference at New York’s City Hall. He was the chief political reporter for WCBS radio. Millions of New Yorkers listened to his ”Reporter’s Journal” (Monday through Friday), and his ”Weekend Observer” broadcast on Saturday and Sunday. Flanders won awards from the New York Press Club and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association for his reportage and commentary.
Flanders covered both New York and national politics during his long career, interviewing City Council and presidential candidates alike with the same enthusiasm and genial skepticism.
Flanders was part of the original WCBS all-news team that included anchors Charles Osgood, Lou Adler, Steve Porter, Jim Harriot and Robert Vaughn, street reporter Ed Bradley and sportscaster Pat Summerall.
Flanders began his career in journalism in 1940 as a copyboy on the staff of The New York Herald Tribune. During World War II he served as an artilleryman with Gen. George Patton’s Third Army. He rejoined the Herald Tribune in 1945 as a reporter. In 1951 he moved from print to broadcast, taking a position as a writer and editor with ABC News. In 1955 he became an editor and commentator for NBC radio and television. He joined WCBS in 1962 and was named its political specialist in 1967 when the station shifted to an all-news format.
New York City Council named Steve Flanders Square, near City Hall, and dedicated it on June 8, 1984.
The New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association awards the Steve Flanders Award, a grand prize given for the best radio news operation in New York State.
The Steve Flanders Memorial Scholarship Fund was established at the Columbia University Journalism School.