Spinato was 52. His brother, Dean, wrote on Instagram: “COVID took my brother today. He was a gem and one of a kind. I’m so broken and lost for words.” He did not provide any other details.
Spinato most recently was senior head booker and story editor for Fox Business. He returned to Fox News in 2007 to help launch the business channel, having previously worked for CNN and MSNBC. He started at Fox News in 1998 on the Fox Files team and then went on to become senior producer and head booker.
In a memo to staffers obtained by Deadline, Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott, Fox News President Jay Wallace and Fox Business Network President Lauren Petterson wrote: “Eric was an immensely gifted and aggressive booker and was renowned for booking the innumerable ‘gets’ we’ve seen on both FNC and FBN over the years. He was also always willing to lend a hand to help a colleague, mentor junior staffers or troubleshoot an issue — countless bookers throughout the industry learned the ropes and the tools of the trade from Eric at one point or another in their careers.”
The trio said that Spinato had two sons and a girlfriend and that they would distribute information on arrangements in the coming days.
Spinato’s colleague David Asman paid tribute to him on the channel. On Tuesday, Maria Bartiromo also paid tribute, and said that Spinato “loved to produce segments from the set up to the end product. He booked it and then he produced it.” She noted that he led several interviews with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office and took the show live from the Treasury Department, a first.
The memo from Fox News is below:
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