ABC News executive producer Dax Tejera dead at 37 from heart attack

Dax Tejera, the executive producer of ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning program hosted by George Stephanopoulos, passed away suddenly just prior to Christmas, the Conservative Brief reported.

The young broadcast news producer, who was only 37, is reported to have died following a heart attack.

Death announced by ABC News president

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the unexpected death of Tejera on Dec. 23 was announced in an internal memo to staffers from the president of ABC News, Kim Godwin.

“It’s with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share that our friend and colleague, Dax Tejera passed away suddenly of a heart attack last night,” Godwin wrote. “As EP of ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ Dax’s energy, passion and love for that show, ABC News, and you, shined every Sunday morning. That same love was extended to his precious girls.”

“Our thoughts are with his wife, Veronica, the couple’s two young daughters, and the entire Tejera family,” she continued along with an offer of “immediate support” to anyone who might need it.

“We will share more details in the coming days,” Godwin added. “On this Christmas Eve, hug your loved ones a little tighter. And please lean on each other.”

“His passing has left us shocked and hurt”

The untimely death of Tejera was further confirmed on the Christmas Eve broadcast of ABC’s “World News Tonight” by anchor Rachel Scott, who said, “We have sad news to report — our friend and colleague here at ABC, Dax Tejera, died suddenly last night.”

Scott, with a trembling voice, shared a portion of Godwin’s memo as well as a statement from “This Week” co-anchor Jonathan Karl, who said, “Dax adored his family and he loved his work. His passing has left us shocked and hurt.”

“Our thoughts are with his wife Veronica, their two young daughters, and their entire family. Dax will be deeply missed here by all of us at ABC News,” she added.

An accomplished producer

According to TV Newser, Tejera, who was just weeks away from turning 38, had been named as the executive producer for ABC’s “This Week” in 2020 just prior to the start of the pandemic, and had been incredibly successful in that role as the Sunday morning program hid risen to the top of the ratings in terms of viewership among the key demographic for advertisers of adults age 25-54.

Tejera first joined ABC News as a senior producer in 2017 and quickly made a name for himself with his produced coverage of former President Donald Trump’s foreign travels and summits with other world leaders, not to mention other breaking news stories that included the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 election, and the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021.

In addition to that, he had also helped produce a number of specials for the broadcast news network and assisted the network as it ventured into streaming various programs and content online.

The outlet noted that, prior to joining ABC News, Tejera began his career as an assignment editor and researcher for NBC News, became a producer for a couple of MSNBC programs, and then worked with journalist Jorge Ramos in a collaboration with HBO for a documentary about white nationalism.

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