TRIBUTES have been paid to one of North East television’s familiar faces.
Eileen Ward – best known as Tyne Tees reporter and newsreader Eileen McCabe – died at home in Whitburn on Saturday after a three-year illness.
Born in Murton in 1945, Eileen was a journalist for the Northern Echo, Radio Durham and Radio Newcastle before joining Tyne Tees, where she produced and presented arts programmes then became a news reporter and presenter on Northern Life.
She later ran her own PR business, presented a series of interviews with influential women and co-authored a book on Tony Blair.
Former Tyne Tees colleague Paul Frost said: “She was a very good reporter, but she also had a tremendous sense of humour.
“You could send her to any job you liked – a murder at crown court, a fashion show, or an industry piece – she would always turn in a first-class report.”
Eileen is survived by husband John, children Philip and Louise and their father Tony, and grandchildren, Humphrey, Lovell and Darcy.
Son Philip said: “She was much loved by her family, who will miss her greatly and cherish her memory.”