Dax Tejera dies: ABC’s This Week executive producer was 37

Dax Tejera, executive producer of ABC News’ Sunday public affairs program “This Week,” died of a heart attack on Friday, December 23. He was 37 years old.

ABC News president Kim Goodwin announced the news in a note sent to employees on Saturday.

Tejera has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award for his work on “This Week” helmed by George Stephanopoulos and Martha Raddatz, and earned another nod in 2013 for executive producing the MSNBC show “Now With Alex Wagner.”

Tejera joined ABC News in 2017 as a senior producer based in Washington, D.C., and helmed “This Week” in early 2020, just before the pandemic. During his run on the network, he covered US President Donald Trump’s summit meetings with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as COVID-19 and the January 6 rebellion.

Previously, he executive produced “America With Jorge Ramos,” which aired on the ABC-Univision joint venture Fusion, as well as the TV special “Soul of the Nation Presents: Corazón de América – Celebrating Hispanic Culture.” He also produced Ramos’ TV special “Hate Rising,” which focused on hate groups and the 2016 presidential election.

Goodwin wrote in the note, “As the EP for ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos,’ Dax’s energy, passion, and love for this show, and you ABC News, shined through every Sunday morning. That same love extended to his precious girls. Our thoughts are with his wife, Veronica, and his two young daughters.” And the entire Tejira family.”

Godwin added: “This Christmas Eve, hug your loved ones a little tighter. And please lean on each other.”

Tejera is survived by his wife, Veronica, and two daughters.

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