Articles about "Obituaries"

Joe McGinniss, scourge of politicos and chronicler of crime, dies at 71

Associated Press | Los Angeles Times 
Stories about author-journalist Joe McGinniss are re-emerging in the wake of news that he died Monday in a Worcester, Mass., hospital from complications of prostate cancer.

He once moved next door to Sarah Palin to gather material for his unauthorized biography about her, according to the Associated Press. The subject of his best-selling book, "Fatal Vision," sued him, claiming McGinniss tricked him into believing the convicted murderer was innocent. McGinniss' publisher settled out of court for $325,000.

Associated Press reported:
The tall, talkative McGinniss had early dreams of becoming a sports reporter and wrote books about soccer, horse racing and travel. But he was best known for two works that became touchstones in their respective genres — campaign books (”The Selling of the President”) and true crime (”Fatal Vision”). In both cases, he had become fascinated by the difference between public image and private reality.
McGinniss worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer as a columnist while writing the book on Richard Nixon. Nixon's campaign allowed him access, not suspecting he would turn out a book exposing the soul-less marketing of the presidential candidate. He was unflinching with Democrats as well, although his book, "The Last Brother: The Rise and Fall of Teddy Kennedy," attributed imagined thoughts to Ted Kennedy and drew rounds of criticism, the Los Angeles Times reported.

On his website, the Times said, McGinniss wrote:
Penetrating the façade of institutions and people in public life can be an exhilarating but risky business. Sometimes the results are culturally ground-breaking and wildly popular, sometimes disillusioning and distinctly unpopular, sometimes personally heartbreaking.
He is survived among others by his wife Nancy Doherty and his son, author Joe McGinniss Jr.

New York Observer’s Peter Kaplan dies at 59

The New York Times | The New York Observer | The Huffington Post

Peter Kaplan, The New York Observer’s editor from 1994 to 2009, died Friday of cancer, The New York Times and Observer reported. He was 59.

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Raul Ramirez, KQED's executive director of news and public affairs, died Nov. 15, 2013. (KQED Photo)

‘Power of voices’: Inspiring last words from journalist Raul Ramirez

Raul Ramirez, KQED’s executive director of news and public affairs, died Nov. 15, 2013. (KQED Photo)

Editor’s note: Raul Ramirez, KQED Public Radio’s executive director of news and public affairs and former Poynter Ethics Fellow, died Nov. 15 at age Read more

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Journalists remember Mary Thom, a feminist editor and writer

The Women's Media Center | The New York Times | CNN | Ms.
Women's Media Center Editor-in-Chief Mary Thom died in a motorcycle accident Friday. She was 68. Thom was the former executive editor of Ms. magazine, which she joined in 1972.

We who are Mary's friends and family haven't absorbed her loss yet; it's too sudden,” Women's Media Center co-founders Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda and Robin Morgan say in a statement on the site.

Thom, Javier C. Hernández writes, "arrived at Ms. magazine convinced of the need for more scrutiny of lawmakers and their views on issues like abortion and birth control." (more...)

New York Times revises Koch obit to address AIDS controversy

The Huffington Post | NewsDiffs
The New York Times' 5,500-word obituary of Ed Koch has been revised at least three times today to update the former New York mayor's statements about his sexuality and to include the controversy over his handling of the AIDS epidemic, which began during his tenure in the 1980s.

Huffington Post's Jack Mirkinson details criticism of the original obit. NewsDiffs documents what was added to the Times' obit by Robert McFadden: (more...)

‘Dear Abby’ writer Pauline Phillips dies at 94

The Associated Press Pauline Friedman Phillips died Wednesday "after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease," Steve Karnowski writes. Under the pen name Abigail Van Buren, she wrote a very popular advice column until 1987, when she handed the column to her daughter, Jeanne Phillips. For years Pauline Phillips competed with her twin sister, Esther Friedman Lederer, who wrote as Ann Landers. Esther's daughter is advice columnist Margo Howard. "I'm saddened to hear about the death Pauline Phillips," advice columnist Dan Savage tells Poynter in an email. (more...)

Two new studies show men outnumber women in obits

Mother Jones | CJR
2012 was a great year for men to die. "Big papers' lists of significant deaths in 2012 overwhelmingly feature men," Dana Liebelson writes in Mother Jones.
The Washington Post put 18 women and 48 men on its list. On the other side of the country, the Los Angeles Times listed 36 women and 114 men. And lest you think this is some kind of freak 2012 phenomenon, the New York Times has consistently listed many more men than women over the last five years.
Obituaries are a "rearview mirror," New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald tells Liebelson. "The people we write about largely shaped the world of the 1950s, '60s and, increasingly, the '70s, and those movers and shakers were—no surprise—predominantly white men." (more...)

10 ways to get traumatized sources to share their stories

When people have been traumatized, they’re often reluctant to talk to the media. There are ways of getting them to open up, though, and of showing them the value in sharing their story.

I talked with five journalists who have … Read more


Obit writers played it straight after learning Sally Ride was gay

You can add Sally Ride to the ranks of public figures who have come out lately in a quiet, understated way. Anderson Cooper did it in an email. Actor Matt Bomer did it by thanking his partner while accepting an Read more


Charlotte Observer obituary columnist’s last story is about her own life

The Charlotte Observer
Gerry Hostetler wrote close to 2,500 obituary columns for The Charlotte Observer; on Sunday the newspaper published her last, about her own life. She was 76. Hostetler started working in the Observer's newsroom as a part-time obit clerk in 1978, and in 1991 she pitched the newspaper on an obituary column, "It's a Matter of Life." In her last column she explains (in third-person) her thinking:
"I would do an occasional obit-news story," Gerry said, "and they became quite popular. That prompted me to envision a column with more information and above all – more warmth."
She describes a life of hard work, including 20 years working two jobs. She also offers a bit of advice for journalists doing this work: (more...)