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How can we understand loss on the scale we’re now experiencing?
Worldwide, more than 2 million people have died, according to The New York Times, with more than 400,000 deaths in the U.S. Those numbers will keep changing. We’ll keep updating them. They’ll still be hard to comprehend.
So as many of us have been taught to do, we’re gathering the stories alongside the numbers. Here, we’re collecting the published obituaries of the journalists and those employed by the media around the world who’ve died because of the coronavirus.
Please let us know who we’re missing. We’ll keep this updated.
Luiz Fernando Cardoso, journalist from Brazil, died April 18. He was 40. From a remembrance:
[Cardoso] also worked at TV Maringá (Band) as an editor and commentator on TV news. In the city, he also collaborated with the newspapers Gazeta do Povo and Folha de S.Paulo. Currently, he was the press officer of Sinttromar – a union that represents drivers in Maringá and the region. Since 2007, he maintained the Café com Jornalista.
Jorge Schweizer, photojournalist from Argentina, died April 18. He was 63.
Hazem Mounir, journalist from Egypt, died April 18.
Alejandro Aguirre Flores, journalist from Mexico, died April 18. He was 43. From a remembrance:
During his career of more than 25 years he worked in written media and radio, in his last years he worked in the Diario de Xalapa where he covered the sports source.
Nazrul Islam Bakshi, journalist from India, died April 18. He was 56.
Shafiuzzaman Khan Lodi, senior cine journalist from Bangladesh, died April 18. He was 65. From a remembrance:
Throughout his illustrious career, Lodi was at the helm of many successful television and radio programmes, the most renowned of which was Channel I’s “Amar Chobi”, which he hosted and co-directed with Shamim Alam Dipen.
Vinay Srivastava, journalist from India, died April 18. He was 65.
Brijendra Patel, journalist from India, died April 18. He was 50. From a remembrance:
Brijendra was a resident of Kanpur, and was serving in Agra for almost two years. He worked as a journalist for almost 25 years, having served in many media outlets including Dainik Jagran, Umar Ujala and Rashtriya Sahara.
Desire Cabrera, journalist from Paraguay, died April 18.
Fernando Videla, journalist from Argentina, died April 17. He was 61. From a remembrance:
Needless to say, one of the “good guys” of this profession left, those people who will undoubtedly be present at a talk, at a sporting event, or at a time when the media meets.
Gilmar de Carvalho, journalist from Brazil, died April 17. He was 71. From a remembrance:
The small steps, in starched pants and shirt, always hugged to books by the corridors of the Federal University of Ceará (UFC), materialized the “calm”, the “patience” and the “delicacy” unanimously described by personalities, friends and alumni heard by Diário do Nordeste.
Rodrigo Pareja Montoya, journalist from Colombia, died April 17. He was 81. From a remembrance:
Between 1968 and 1978, Rodrigo Pareja coordinated the office of El Espectador in Medellín, inheriting his father who did it between 1958 and 1969.
Omar Rey, journalist from Colombia, died April 17.
Teobaldo Villalba, journalist from Colombia, died April 17. He was 43. From a remembrance:
He worked for many years as a sports narrator on the radio station Olímpica Estéreo and was currently part of the team for the radio station La Costeña.
Ninni Cannella, photographer and journalist from Italy, died April 16. He was 62. From a remembrance:
With his shots he has told thousands of sporting events, dedicating particular passion to the youth categories and the referee class. Football was one of his greatest professional passions: thanks to his knowledge on the subject, he collaborated with several important clubs such as Taranto and Brindisi, both in sports secretarial work and in the press office.
Jorge Suárez Moreno, journalist from Ecuador, died April 16. He was 48. From a remembrance:
Your unique way of telling jokes, your weather report, your motivational phrases, your way of dancing in the booth, your way of making everyone, both in the studio and on the other side , let’s get infected with a unique, positive energy, full of joy .”
Juan Becerra Hernández, journalist from Peru, died April 16. He was 35. From a remembrance:
[Hernández] was a member of the National Association of Journalists (ANP), the Círculo de Periodistas Deportivos and former Director of Economy of the Colegio de Periodistas de La Libertad during the period 2010 – 2013. He also held the position of neighborhood mayor of the Los Granados urbanization.
Leonel Ramón Martínez, journalist from Venezuela, died April 16. He was 51.
Ankit Shukla, journalist from India, died April 16. He was 35. From a remembrance:
Ankit was an energetic and passionate young journalist. He was also involved in social work. He lived in Ahimamau, Lucknow. He was employed in Dainik Jagran, Lucknow for almost a decade.
Khodeir Majid, Veteran AP producer from Iraq, died April 16. He was 64. From a remembrance:
Majid joined the AP in Baghdad in March 2004, a year after the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003. He went on to cover the breakdown in security and sectarian bloodbath that prevailed for years, as well as the U.S. occupation, the rise of the al-Qaida terror network, and finally, the war against the Islamic State group.
Omar Rey Martínez, journalist from Colombia, died April 15.
Rifat Sultana, television news producer from Bangladesh, died April 16. She was 32.
Francileno Góis, journalist from Brazil, died April 15. He was 50. From a remembrance:
TCM lamented the loss of “a dedicated professional and an enlightened human being. We will miss his good humor and his commitment to the truth, as well as his affection for everyone.”
Vivek Bendre, senior photojournalist from India, died April 18. He was 59. From a remembrance:
[Bendre] was also one of the most experienced and well-known photojournalists with cricket being his forte. Here are a few striking photographs that he clicked.
Jatish Khamari, journalist from India, died April 15. He was 46. From a remembrance:
Journalist Jatish Khamari had been associated with Odisha’s leading daily ‘Sambad’ in the past 25 years. He was working at Patnagarh Block in Balangir district.
Daniel Messeder, journalist from Brazil, died April 15. He was 39. From a remembrance:
Daniel Messeder, or just Dani, lived his passion for automotive journalism intensely. He drove cars in every corner of the world and his professionalism, attention, and care for the cars and motorcycles was exactly the same, whether he was driving a supercar or a subcompact without air conditioning.
Kamal Mishra, journalist from Nepal, died April 15. He was 48.
Mario López, journalist and cartoonist from Argentina, died April 15.
Pradeep Arya, journalist and cartoonist from India, died April 14. He was 58.
Aloy Jupiara, journalist from Brazil, died April 13. He was 56. From a remembrance:
Graduated from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro , he started his career in the 1980s at the newspaper “O Globo”, still as an intern and, during his career, he held several positions in the Rio, Politics and Nacional editorials.
Jeff Carias, journalist from France, died April 12. He was 52. From a remembrance:
By his humor, he was a particularly sought after master of ceremonies, particularly in the economic world. A graduate of Kedge and a former member of the CJD, he has therefore hosted a large number of economic events and conventions, like those organized in recent years by Adetem, the Club Marseille Métropole or the Cepac savings bank.
Mauro Viale, journalist from Argentina, died April 11. He was 73. From a remembrance:
Viale’s journalist career began around 1970 in the sporting world as a minor commentator for several years although he drew attention in 1975 when he came to blows on camera with a guest on the Almuerzos Deportivos show – the first of many such physical encounters over the years.
Amafredo Castellano, journalist from Guatemala, died April 10.
José Antonio Castro, photojournalist from Guatemala, died April 10.
Fernando Ribeiro, journalist from Brazil, died April 9. He was 56.
Armando Monroy, journalist from Venezuela, died April 9. He was 33.
Frisly Macario, journalist from Guatemala, died April 10. From a remembrance:
You loved your family so much. You loved your job so much. You loved your neighbor so much. You really wanted to live, you always said it, you had a lot to do and it was no longer possible.
Hassan Shahriar, journalist from Bangladesh, died April 9. He was 76. From a remembrance:
Shahriar retired from the Daily Ittefaq as its executive editor in 2008 after serving the newspaper for a long time. He was the first editor of the Daily Sun and chief editor of Chittagong-based Daily People’s View.
Kapil Datta, journalist from India, died April 9. From a remembrance:
We are extremely sad to hear the news of his demise. We lost such a nice human being so early. He was very knowledgeable on matters related to Noida.
Roman Shah Alam, journalist from Bangladesh, died April 9.
Elizabeth Pazito Brandão, professor and journalist from Brazil, died April 8. She was 68. From a remembrance:
[Pazitoo] studied at Colégio Sagrado Coração de Maria, then called Sacré-Coeur de Marie, at Elefante Branco and graduated in journalism and public relations at the School of Communication at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ).
Walberto Ahumedo, sports journalist from Colombia, died April 8. He was 76. From a remembrance:
With more than fifty years in the media, Walberto was first a baseball commentator, then a boxing analyst, and later he dared to narrate hot ball games. His voice was unmistakable in recent years, in the great team that he put together with Freddy Jinete Daza and Eugenio Baena Calvo.
Óscar Escobar, journalist from Paraguay, died April 8. He was 70. From a remembrance:
Today he left us a great man and an excellent professional. It taught me a lot. My heart mourns his departure. A great friend, a fellow newscast on Red Guaraní. Man of faith and principles. May God receive you into his kingdom, dear Oscar Escobar.
Jorge Zambrano, journalist from Venezuela, died April 8.
Martín Inchicaque Quiñones, journalist from Peru, died April 8. He was 69. From a remembrance:
Martín Inchicaque Quiñones, trained at the Jaime Bausate y Meza School of Journalism, and during the 70s and 80s he worked at Radio Huaraz, as deputy director of the Bandera Deportiva program, then at the Okey and Radio Ancash stations.
Nestor Torre, journalist from the Philippines, died April 7. He was 78. From a remembrance:
[Torre] was always larger than life and we feel his absence terribly. He also left behind a legacy of television shows, movies, and stage musicals.
Regina Helena Lucas de Andrade, journalist from Brazil, died April 7. She was 59.
Fatima Zakaria, journalist from India, died April 6. She was 85. From a remembrance:
Fatima Zakaria carried forward her late husband’s legacy and transformed these academic institutions, brought in foreign educational collaborations, and ultimately made them comparable with the best centres of learning in Asia.
Adriana Tavira Garcia, journalist from Mexico, died April 6.
Reneyro Sandor Guerra Maza, photojournalist from Peru, died April 6. He was 49. From a remembrance:
Reneyro Guerra, was one of the few photojournalists in the region. He worked for the newspaper La República, northern edition and it was common to observe him at each event with his camera to extract the reality of the news into images.
Khodeir Majid, producer and cameraman from Baghdad, died April 16. He was 64. From a remembrance:
Abu Amjad was a rare source of joy during difficult times working in Baghdad for the past 17 years. He will be remembered as kind and a dedicated professional
Sabaji Mohan Palkar, video journalist from India, died April 5.
Ángel Eduardo Ornella García, teacher and journalist from Uruguay, died April 5. He was 64. From a remembrance:
Ornella also knew how to carry out an outstanding work in the sports field, being a soccer coach and leader of the West Zone Football League, as well as a member of the local radio sports team and in the last year, working as a journalist in graphic media.
Vladimir Gendlin, sports journalist from Russia, died April 4. He was 84. From a remembrance:
There are certain figures who influence both daily issues and the distant future. Some call them influencers or visionaries. Others call them trailblazers if they pave the way for others. Vladimir Gendlin was exactly all of those things and much more.
Félix Javier Moreno Hernández, sports journalist from Mexico, died April 4. He was 55.
Hércules Dias, journalist from Brazil, died April 4. He was 68. From a remembrance:
Known to his friends as HD, Hércules worked as a broadcaster, sports columnist, police reporter, television reporter, communications advisor. He went through several public and private institutions and a columnist in several vehicles throughout his career.
Milton Serrano Valencia, journalist and founder of the Orense channel OK TVfrom Ecuador, died April 3. He was 69.
Ney Padilha, journalist from Brazil, died April 3. He was 77. From a remembrance:
The journalist made history on the radio in Santa Catarina, on stations such as Guararema (now Massa FM). The information is from the Union of Journalists and the Portal da Ilha website.
Savas Apóstolo, journalist from Brazil, died April 3. He was 39.
Ozias Alves Júnior, journalist from Brazil, died April 3. He was 50. From a remembrance:
Together with his brother, Décio Alves, Ozias founded the Biguaçu em Foco newspaper in 1993.
Yinka Odumakin, National Publicity Secretary for the Yoruba socio-cultural organization from Nigeria, died April 2. He was 54.
Jagdish Chandra Ghosh, journalist from Bangladesh, died April 2. He was 93.
Vilmar Berna, journalist from Brazil, died April 2. He was 64. From a remembrance:
Berna was profoundly aware of environmental problems and sought to do Journalism to combat the development model that is predatory on natural wealth.
Carlos Enciso Pérez Palma, sports journalist from Peru, died April 1. From a remembrance:
As it is recalled, Enciso was Chief of Press for the United States 94 Commission and, later, chief of press for the Professional Soccer Sports Association (ADFP) for many years.
Jaime Zamora Marín, journalist from Colombia, died April 2. From a remembrance:
Marín’s path in the radio began at the age of 14 at the Nueva Granada station, which in 1948 would be renamed Radio Cadena Nacional – RCN. Later, at the age of 17, he paved the way to reach the first station dedicated to young people: Radio 15.
Átila Viera, journalist from Brazil, died April 1. He was 41. From a remembrance:
Átila Vieira was a photographic reporter and was one of the Founders of the Erê project, which took care of street boys and girls.
Hermano de Melo, journalist, writer, professor from Brazil, died April 1. He was 73. From a remembrance:
His contribution trajectory will be marked in the history of MS. Thus, CRMV-MS pays tribute to the professional and joins family members in this moment of regret.
Arturo González Orduño, director of news and television of Grupo Fórmula from Mexico, died April 1. He was 61. From a remembrance:
Arturo González was a news anchor at Corporación Mexicana de Radiodifusión, Núcleo Raído Mil, and MVS Radio. He directed the Public Television System of Puebla, joined Grupo Fórmula as director of Telefórmula and, later, assumed the direction of Noticias.
Carla Carneiro, journalist from Brazil, died March 31. She was 48. From a remembrance:
The journalist worked at TV Integração for 16 years. He worked for four and a half years in Uberaba and then at the Divinópolis unit, where he remained until 2015.
Pablo Aníbal Chávez, journalist from Ecuador, died April 1.
Adrián Lugones, photojournalist from Argentina, died April 1. From a remembrance:
The photojournalist currently worked as a correspondent for the Télam agency and was a member of the Association of Graphic Reporters of the Argentine Republic (ARGRA). He also collaborated with various local media.
Kleber de Sousa Vieira, journalist and broadcaster from Brazil, died March 30. He was 62. From a remembrance:
Admired and loved by his professional colleagues, Kleber was a professor at Estácio de Sá University and worked as a journalist at Bandeirantes AM 1360, Rádio O Dia, Brasil Rádio TV and Rádio Fla.
João Batista Matos, journalist from Brazil, died March 31. He was 46. From a remembrance:
João Batista Matos was born in São Luís and had a degree in Radio and TV from the Federal University of Maranhão (UFMA). Before working in political life, he worked in the newspapers “O Estado do Maranhão”, “O Imparcial” and in the radio stations FM Esperança and Mirante AM.
Gustavo Ramon Ayala, journalist from Paraguay, died March 31. He was 37. From a remembrance:
Ayala practiced journalism in various written, radio and television media in the area and in informational spaces she was mainly dedicated to addressing social problems such as the precarious public health system, among others.
Armando de Amorim Anache, journalist from Brazil, died March 30. He was 60. From a remembrance:
Born in Corumbá, of a well-known family in the Pantanal city, he had settled in Aquidauana a few years ago, where he became a candidate for mayor. In addition to acting on the radio station, he was editor of the website Pantanal News.
Pramod Srivastava, journalist from India, died March 29. He was 48.
Denilson Pinto, journalist from Brazil, died March 29. He was 53. From a remembrance:
Denilson was a police and interior editor for the newspaper Correio do Estado and, on his social networks, reports the authorship of several investigative reports and his trip to Haiti for special articles in 2006 and 2007.
Luiz Fernando Fedeger, journalist from Brazil, died March 29. He was 78. From a remembrance:
Luiz Fernando Fedeger worked as a football narrator and owned the weekly Impacto Paraná.
Rosenira Alves, journalist from Brazil, died March 29. She was 59. From a remembrance:
Rosenira Alves covered the Legislative Assembly, Teresina City Council and the State Government. After a journalistic career in Piauí, Rosenira Alves went to live in São Luís (MA), where she worked in radio, TV, newspapers and communication advisory.
Francisco Orlando Rodríguez García, journalist from Honduras, died March 28. From a remembrance:
The news of the death of the communicator has shocked Honduran society since he was a gentleman very loved by his family and friends. Francisco Rodríguez was an example of struggle and improvement. Throughout his years he never gave in to any obstacle or calamity.
Dave Capella, popular presenter from Venezuela, died March 28. He was 38. From a remembrance:
You will always be with me. I will always remember you in the best way. I will always, always, always love you. Thank you for being the most wonderful man in the world.
Paulo Stein, sports journalist from Brazil, died March 27. He was 73. From a remembrance:
Paulo Stein was a reference in sports journalism and was a narrator and commentator for broadcasters such as TV Manchete and SporTV.
Namela Baynes-Henry, communications specialist and journalist from Guyana, died March 27. She was 63. From a remembrance:
Her years in the media were spent working at Channel Nine for several years; she was also the former Personal Assistant/ Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Legal Affairs. In recent years she worked at the Department of Public Information and the Guyana Chronicle.
Fredy Rodas, who made links for Noti 7 from Guatemala, died March 27.
José Carlos Cataldi, journalist and lawyer from Brazil, died March 26. He was 67. From a remembrance:
Passionate about radio, he worked for broadcasters like Tupi, CBN and Globo, in Rio de Janeiro. In the 90s, also in Rio, he directed the programming at Rádio Nacional , then headed the report and acted as a presenter, with emphasis on the program Revista Brasil.
Alberto Sonsol, sports journalist, rapporteur and communicator from Uruguay, died March 26. He was 63. From a remembrance:
A partner of many here in the channel where he does several programs, he also works in other media. A man who made himself from below and well known and who had a warrior character.
Tudor Yaschenko, journalist from Moldova, died March 26. He was 77.
Ezio Cartotto, journalist from Italy, died March 25. He was 77. From a remembrance:
Cartotto was a journalist, a writer, who entered the Christian Democrats and, on behalf of Giovanni Marcora, took care of the formation of the young people of the party and for several years he directed the weekly of the Milanese DC ‘Il popolo lombardo.’
Johar Majeed, journalist from Pakistan, died March 26.
Sohail Abdul Nasir, journalist from Pakistan, died March 26.
José Alexandro de Oliveira, journalist from Brazil, died March 25. He was 42. From a remembrance:
Graduated in journalism from the Federal University of Alagoas, Sandro worked as a designer for Gazeta de Alagoas between the years 2006 and 2018. He also worked in several advertising agencies.
Gabriel Couto, agricultural journalist from Uruguay, died March 25. He was 37.
Juarez Amaral, journalist from Brazil, died March 25. He was 71.
Alberto Ciurana, president of Content and Distribution of TV Azteca from Mexico, died March 23. He was 61. From a remembrance:
Alberto Ciurana had a solid track record in the media. He held positions as President and CEO of the international firm DT Consulting, President of Programming and Content of Univision Networks and was Vice President of Televisa for 15 years.
Reuben Githinji, veteran journalist from Kenya, died March 24. He was 52. From a remembrance:
Embu journalists described Mr Githinji as a humble, hardworking and friendly writer. He took his work seriously and related well with his colleagues. We shall surely miss him.
Gilberto López, respected social communicator from Venezuela, died March 22. He was 73.
Lorna Irungu-Macharia, renowned media personality from Kenya, died March 22. She was 51. From a remembrance:
Lorna was a committed social and gender activist, using her platform and skillset to amplify women’s issues and causes. She worked tirelessly to promote women’s voices in media and politics.
Jorge Lozano, Professor of Journalism at the Faculty of Information Sciences of the Complutense University of Madrid from Spain, died March 22. He was 70.
Rosivaldo Sena, journalist from Brazil, died March 22. He was 65. From a remembrance:
For about 40 years, he worked in communication vehicles in the capital, most of that time in DIÁRIO DE CUIABÁ. In the printed newspaper, he worked in several editorials, among them, those of Police , Cities and Sports. He was an assistant editor. Rosivaldo Sena leaves a wife and three children.
Phoenix Michelle Beomon Casanova, journalist and institutional social communicator from Venezuela, died March 21. She was 25.
Yoleida Casanova, journalist from Venezuela, died March 21. From a remembrance:
Yoleida Casanova worked in several institutions, including the Government of Zulia, and was also part of the board of directors of Phoenix 94.9 FM , a station with 12 years on the air and with an acceptance by the population, mainly young, of the city, highlighted Noticias COL.
Taylor Luis Melha Abreu, journalist from Brazil, died March 22. He was 26. From a remembrance:
Taylor is a forward-looking journalist who will no longer be able to pursue a career. He is a son, a student, a friend who will leave an empty space in groups and photos forever.
Pablo Rodríguez, journalist and cultural manager from Ecuador, died March 20. He was 44.
Winnie Mukami, NTV anchor from Kenya, died March 18. She was 40. From a remembrance:
Mukami was decorated with the Order of the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) by President Uhuru Kenyatta in December 2017 for her selflessness and diligence in making a difference as a patriot. She served as board member at the Kenya Pipeline Corporation for two years from 2018 to last year.
Rafael Marinho, journalist from Brazil, died March 18. He was 39.
Marc Engels, sound engineer from Belgium, died April 9, 2020. He was 54. From a remembrance:
Marc Engels worked on twenty feature-length films among which Largo Winch II (2011), I am dead but I have friends (2015), or The mystery of Henri Pick (2019). In 2017, it has been awarded the César for best sound for the film The Odyssey, which recounts the life of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, played by Lambert Wilson. Chosen to portray the youngest son of the famous commander, Philippe Cousteau, Pierre Niney has paid tribute to this talented man, who will be missed by many.
Ali Behzad, prominent journalist from Iran, died April 10, 2020. He was 66. From a remembrance:
‘Uncle Moustache,’ as he was called by some close friends, was known for an easy smile, his kindness and willingness to help others.
Tony Greer, Good Morning America studio camera operator from the U.S., died April 8, 2020. He was 62. From a remembrance:
Tony was the epitome of the eccentric artist. No matter where his travels took him, Tony always made it back to his hometown and made time for his first loves: his family & friends. He hears what you’re talking about and wants to make it better. And no matter if he had talked to you yesterday, or a year ago, you had that conversation with him you’re in his presence.
Tofazzal Hossain, news editor from Bangladesh, died March 23. He was 53.
Michael Myer, longtime executive editor from the U.S., died Jan. 6. He was 69. From a remembrance:
His colleagues and others in the community also knew him as a family man who loved the Ohio Valley, particularly his native Wetzel County. He had a passion for the great outdoors, often spending vacations camping with his wife, children and grandchildren in the Shenandoah Valley. He championed many social causes from education to feeding the hungry. Myer gave his time and talents to countless causes without wanting any attention paid to his actions.
Eric Spinato, top producer from the U.S., died March 21. He was 52. From a remembrance:
Eric was an immensely gifted and aggressive booker and was renown for booking the innumerable ‘gets’. Many of us can probably recall the cheerful greetings and outreach we received from Eric over his many years here.
Pablo Sánchez, journalist from the U.S., died March 19. He was 75. From a remembrance:
Those close to Sánchez described him as a charismatic storyteller and jokester who filled every room with his presence. He was a mostly self-educated man, born in Bogotá, Colombia, who assembled a broad knowledge of many subjects and never tired of good books, passionate discussions and telling the truth as he saw it.
Seçkin Türesay, journalist from Turkey, died March 18. He was 77. From a remembrance:
Beyond being the editor-in-chief and editor-in-chief, he acted as brothers to most of us without expecting anything in return. Seçkin Türesay is the person who marked a period of Hürriyet. He made very important publications and brought many names to the press world.
Juliano Lantmann, sports journalist from Brazil, died March 18. He was 42. From a remembrance:
Currently, Lantmann worked at Rádio Norte FM, where he was part of the football games broadcasting team and was also part of a sports program as a producer.
Marcio Nogueira, journalist from Brazil, died March 16. He was 42. From a remembrance:
You have always taught me right and wrong. And I am immensely grateful for 15 years to have you as my father. You are, I will not say you were, because you are still, an incredible person, hardworking, deserving of the things you have achieved. Thank you for making me happy my whole life apart. Thank you for helping me with literally everything.
Robson Filene de Oliveira, journalist from Brazil, died March 15. He was 52. From a remembrance:
I said to him, ‘Robson, you are the prophet of kindness.’ He laughed, contrite, and said nothing. Not only did a capable journalist die, but also a person of infinite sweetness and a decent and generous man.
Hugo Sánchez Izquierdo, journalist from Mexico, died March 15. From a remembrance:
For many years, Hugo Sánchez Izquierdo won the appreciation of hundreds of elements of the media union, who remembered him as a noble person, dedicated to his work and with an invaluable human sense.
Ronaldo Porto, journalist from Brazil, died March 14.
José Higinio Rossi, journalist from Colombia, died March 14. He was 79. From a remembrance:
It is worth mentioning that throughout his career, Rossi Grandett made his voice heard through various media such as La Voz de Montería and La Piragua newspaper.
Giovanni Gastel, photographer from Italy, died March 14. He was 65. From a remembrance:
Although his career began in the world of fashion, Gastel (photographer and, at the same time, also a poet) quickly understands that his impulse of expression also requires projects with purely artistic purposes. The artistic consecration was not long in coming and, in 1997, the Milan Triennale dedicated a personal exhibition curated by the great art critic Germano Celant to him.
Rafael Jiménez, journalist from Venezuela, died March 14. From a remembrance:
Today we lost the driver from the Reuters office in Caracas, Rafael Jiménez. I say he was the driver, but in reality Rafa was everything. He was security, he was a repairman and he was the best partner you could have when reporting on the chaos in Venezuela.
Nilo Alves, journalist from Brazil, died March 12. He was 63. From a remembrance:
Nilo Alves was a force of nature — obstinate, tireless, workaholic. In addition to being a musician, he was a historian (with a book published on music) and a journalist. Between the 1980s and 1990s, he was successful in Goiânia, as a singer and musician.
Gerardo Flores, journalist from Peru, died March 12. From a remembrance:
Good guy, healthy, noble, passionate professional, entertaining, billiard master, rogue, hard-working and always honest. I will miss you, dear Gerardo. Fly high. Goodbye. My heartfelt condolences to his family and associates.
Lucía Sanz Araujo, journalist from Cuba, died March 12. From a remembrance:
Founder of that institution, she devoted her professional life to children’s and youth publications, and is currently serving as director of Pionero magazine. Disciplined, enterprising, an example of industriousness, she was always in the front row and stepped forward when faced with any task.
Tulio Moreira, journalist from Brazil, died March 11. He was 64. From a remembrance:
Tulio was the owner of the newspaper Correio de Notícias and the magazine Fatos Metropolitanos. He also served as deputy secretary of Communication and Security in Canoas, in addition to holding the Communication portfolio of Esteio.
Kamal Dixit, journalist and professor from India, died March 10. From a remembrance:
My mentor, my teacher Prof. Without Kamal Dixit, my eyes are filled with thinking how much the world of students and colleagues like me will become so lonely. He was the only one who could simultaneously handle journalism, editing, teaching, writing and spirituality.
Valeria D’Esposito, journalist from Italy, died March 9. She was 49. From a remembrance:
Valeria D’Esposito of Visit Campania passed away, in recent years she had been many times in a pizzeria and many times she had written about it, in this photo with many of her colleagues in Santantuono a year ago, blonde and smiling, a hug to her husband Mario. And so we must remember it, with a smile and with the story of the beautiful things of our land.
Paulo Mori, journalist from Brazil, died March 9.
Antonio Villari, journalist and photographer from Italy, died March 7. He was 69. From a remembrance:
Not only Salernitana but also many events he witnessed together with his inseparable camera. He was from Pellezzano but he was a serious and capable professional, friendly and humane.
Mikhail Ershoy, journalist, writer and critic from Russia, died March 7.
Elisângela Neponuceno, journalist from Brazil, died March 7. She was 47. From a remembrance:
Great woman, warrior, worker, with strong personality, lived intensely, dreamed a lot and accomplished many things. What remains are memories of a great example of a human being, who did what was in his power to help many people, a big heart.
Vito Licata, journalist from Italy, died March 7. He was 68. From a remembrance:
Journalist with a passion for sports, he worked for years for the Sicilian newspaper, Avis volunteer, he was director of the website www.campobellonews.it, followed by his son Aldo.
Francisco Eterovic Domic, journalist from Argentina, died March 6. He was 89. From a remembrance:
The professional stood out for his dedication to communications with his program “Apuntes de un reportero,” which he broadcast on Radio Magallanes.
José Carlos da Silva Júnior, journalist from Brazil, died March 5. He was 95. From a remembrance:
He was a victorious man and not only in business, but also in person, because he built a family and dedicated himself to it. At work, a clear example.
Diego Gómez, journalist from Spain, died March 3. He was 84. From a remembrance:
This multifaceted professional actor, editor, broadcaster, and television presenter, leaves an indelible mark on all who have heard his voice linked to Holy Week in Málaga for more than 40 years, having worked with other renowned colleagues such as María Teresa Campos, or Julián Sesmero during his professional career.
Frank Gilbride, journalist from the United Kingdom, died March 4. He was 61. From a remembrance:
He later left journalism to pursue a variety of careers from PR to property investment and even as a taxi driver and carer, anything to provide for wife Mair and his five children.
Célio Rezende de Faria, journalist from Brazil, died March 4. He was 66. From a remembrance:
Brother of the sports narrator César Rezende, Célio worked for years as a sports broadcaster and was very dear to the environment.
Klaus Emmerich, journalist from Austria, died March 4. He was 92. From a remembrance:
Emmerich gained prominence as the Washington and Brussels correspondent for ORF and was still working as an author and analyst while he was still retired, often devoting himself to Austria’s relationship with Europe.
Yuri Stroganov, journalist from Lithuania, died March 3.
Bob Satchwell, journalist from the United Kingdom, died March 1. He was 72. From a remembrance:
Mr. Satchwell was ‘always there in the fight’ to ensure the British press could report on matters openly and honestly, his admirers said. The principles of a free press ran through his veins.
Omar Cabral, journalist from Argentina, died March 3.
David “El Puma” Andino, journalist from Honduras, died March 1. From a remembrance:
‘El Puma’, as David Andino was known in the journalistic union, related for several decades the matches of the National League on the radio station Radio América. David Andino was known for covering the matches of the National League, the Honduran national team and the soccer world championships in 2010 and 2018.
Sanjay Bohra, journalist from India, died March 2. He was 50.
Murilo Gatti, journalist from Brazil, died March 1. He was 41. From a remembrance:
Murilo has always been an ethical professional and loved by everyone, contributing in an exceptional way to the strengthening of quality journalism.
Fernando Arivelton de Souza Gomes, journalist from Brazil, died March 1. He was 44. From a remembrance:
Elessandro Alves, journalist and publicist from Brazil, died March 1. He was 43. From a remembrance:
The communicator was well known in the city and has already commanded the direction of TV Alamanda, an SBT affiliate. He has also presented the Giro Cidade Program.
Gerardo Valtierra, sports commentator from Mexico, died Feb. 28. He was 61. From a remembrance:
Sports commentator Gerardo Liceaga highlighted the sports journalist as an ‘honest, clear, hard-working man, great son, father and husband. My friend of the soul.’
Kazis Toguzbaev, journalist from Kazakhstan, died Feb. 28. He was 72. From a remembrance:
On the last day of winter, the editorial office of Azattyk lost one of its leading authors – correspondent Kazis Toguzbaev. People who knew the journalist say that they remembered him as a decent person, a professional in his field.
Emmanuel Bobbie, photographer from Ghana, died Feb. 25. From a remembrance:
Bob Pixel captured some Ashanti Festival. Listen there were other photographers oh but Bob is Bob. When his images came out you could tell the difference. He was that good.
José Manuel Cortizas, sports journalist from Spain, died Feb. 28. He was 58. From a remembrance:
The world of sport turned to remember a dear, endearing, close person, who told in detail and pampering the trajectory of Bilbao Basket, its two promotions, the Euroleague, the final of the ACB.
Robert Ray Comstock, journalist in the U.S., died Feb. 28. He was 93. From a remembrance:
‘He was the political editor and a damn good one as I recall,’ said former Record columnist John Cichowski, who penned the Road Warrior column. ‘He had such insights into how politics worked. Who all the movers and shakers were. He was able to straddle those boundaries between how to present the news objectively, yet still use the solid contacts with these people.’
Juarez Sousa, radio host from Brazil, died Feb. 26. He was 58. From a remembrance:
A prominent professional in Maranhão communication, Juarez Sousa served as a reporter for Educadora radio, in the program Câmara em Destaque, as well as in Difusora AM. The communicator was also a bolero singer.
Paulo Becker, journalist from Brazil, died Feb. 24. He was 64. From a remembrance:
One of the great names in the journalism of Maato-Grosso and a great companion and friend.
Herbin Hoyos Median, journalist from Colombia, died Feb. 24. He was 53. From a remembrance:
He was also a lover of motorcycling and as such, at the beginning of 2009, he led a motorcycle caravan that traveled the country demanding the freedom of the kidnapped.
Nehemias Castro Valladares, journalist from Guatemala, died Feb. 23. He was 75.
Raymond Cauchetier, photographer from France, died Feb. 22. He was 101. From a remembrance:
‘If you want to know what the French New Wave was,’ Mr. Brody wrote, ‘watch the movies; if you want to know what its directors thought, read their writings and interviews; if you want to know how they worked, in their early years, there’s no more precious resource than the photographs of Raymond Cauchetier.’
Abel Guariste, renowned journalist from Argentina, died Feb. 21. He was 75. From a remembrance:
In [Guariste’s] youth, he left his native Balcarce, where he worked at Banco Provincia and recounted careers for the radio in that city. In Mar del Plata he settled to deepen his dedication to spreading his great passion, motor racing.
Cleiber Júnior, journalist and historian from Brazil, died Feb. 21. He was 42. From a remembrance:
Cleiber was recognized in the Goiás sports chronicle for his irreverent manner. He worked in radio stations in the interior of Caldas Novas, Jaraguá and Anápolis. In Goiânia, he worked at Rádio Brasil Central and was, since 2019, on the Radio Bandeirantes 820 team.
Diego Mesquita dos Reis, journalist and law student from Brazil, died Feb. 18. He was 27.
Christopher Lee, journalist and historian from the United Kingdom, died Feb. 14. He was 79. From a remembrance:
Apart from his incredible academic achievements, Christopher was known for his kindness, sense of humour, his ability to forgive at the drop of a hat, and his endless generosity, especially in his willingness to inspire and encourage others to fulfil their own creative dreams. To know Christoper was to love him.
Piero Mannironi, journalist from Italy, died Feb. 17. He was 67. From a remembrance:
Nuorese had retired in 2015 but had never given up writing and had continued to cultivate a passion for the journalistic profession, even recently becoming the author of very current re-readings, always on the pages of the Nuova Sardinia, of the events that during his long career crossed the island and changed its identity, including the criminal one. Engaged in the union, from 1988 to 1992 he was president of the Sardinian Press Association.
Juan Arvizu Arrioja, journalist and chronicler from Mexico, died Feb. 16. From a remembrance:
I regret with great sadness the death of a great journalist, but best friend, Juan Arvizu Arrioja; who stood out for his professional work and delivered in the newspaper El Universal.
Fernando Hidalgo, television host from Cuba, died Feb. 14. He was 78. From a remembrance:
In Miami, Hidalgo worked as a host, producer and/or sketch comedian on such shows as Los Casados Felices and El Show de Fernando Hidalgo. The latter played daily for 15 years and could be seen throughout South Florida, Puerto Rico, New York and the Dominican Republic.
Chagas Pereira, editor from Brazil, died Feb. 14. He was 65. From a remembrance:
Chagas Pereira was editor of politics and economics at the newspaper Diário da Amazônia, where he worked for about five years. But it was on the radio that the communicator started his career.
Otinaldo Lourenço, journalist, died Feb. 13. He was 86.
Hugo Isaac Robles Guillén, editor from Mexico, died Feb. 15. He was 68. From a remembrance:
For Hugo Isaac, radio was the best way to reach the population of Los Altos. ‘Radio is magic,’ he said; ‘The radio has magic; some will say that the internet, but not everyone has a computer at home no matter how cheap it is and therefore not everyone has access to the web. For our informational needs, radio is the answer.’
Mike Colton, editor from the United Kingdom, died Feb. 15. He was 89. From a remembrance:
He was a true gent and a fine journalist. He was one of the old school and believed in the true values of journalism. Those who knew him recognised he had a great sense of humour.
Raúl López, journalist and photographer from Cuba, died Feb. 11. He was 78.
Alberto Gemaque, journalist from Brazil, died Feb. 11. He was 47. From a remembrance:
The tropical family thanks you for all these years that our broadcaster and friend Alberto Gemaque shared all his talent in bringing joy, emotion, sincerity and a lot of love for his profession, his simplicity and his good heart are characteristics that will always be remembered.
Zdeněk Hoření, Czechoslovak journalist and politician of the Communist Party from Czechia, died Feb. 9. He was 91.
Augusto Peña, prominent journalist and radio operator from Bolivia, died Feb. 9. From a remembrance:
Friends and family regret his departure. Colleagues recall that Peña’s work stood out for its dedication and passion, especially in the radio field where his voice was unmistakable.
Pedro Pablo Figueredo Rodríguez, journalist from Venezuela, died Feb. 9. He was 68. From a remembrance:
Born in Minas, Camagüey, 68 years ago, Figueredo Rodríguez developed a long career in the Cuban media. He was director of Radio Rebelde, Radio Arte, deputy director of Radio Progreso, journalist at Prensa Latina and at present he was director of the news magazine Desde Mi Habana, of Radio Habana Cuba.
José Luis Zambrano Padauy, journalist from Venezuela, died Feb. 9. He was 49. From a remembrance:
Thank you José Luis. Thanks a lot. Over here there were so many ‘thank you’ to give you and that today, that you left this plane, demolishes. It is difficult to express yourself with this knot in your heart and that is why we bet on the common place of imagining you waving your arms when talking, with that enthusiasm so yours, unbeatable when talking about life, about your life.
Khaled Al-Zubaidi, journalist from Jordan, died Feb. 9. He was 66. From a remembrance:
Prior to his death, Zubaidi wrote on Facebook ‘I tried to beat the coronavirus… But its complications are increasing.’ Additionally, he urged everyone to protect themselves from the virus, ‘Protect yourselves, your families and the people. This pandemic is serious.’
Karima Brown, journalist from South Africa, died March 3. From a remembrance:
While broadcaster Brown has been known for her fierce journalistic style, she has also been described as a woman with a heart of gold that grew talent within the industry.
Azucena Rosado Sosa, prestigious journalist from Mexico, died Feb. 7. He was 51. From a remembrance:
She was one of the few who did not see the next generation of journalists as a threat, but rather as her colleagues. Despite her position as director, she was always seen as a regular journalist.
Oswaldo Contreras, renowned sports journalist from Colombia, died Feb. 7. He was 51. From a remembrance:
Oswaldo Contreras was a renowned journalist for the newspaper Vanguardia who for more than two decades worked reporting on all sporting events in the region.
Jean Hounza, journalist from Benin, died Feb. 7. He was 82. From a remembrance:
He directed the Beninese national radio station. He landed at Radio France Internationale (RFI) and spent the majority of his career at RFI 3, where, as part of the cooperation, productions for French-speaking radios were produced.
Nelson Flores, renowned journalist from Television Educativa Nacional (TEN) from Honduras, died Feb. 7. He was 52. From a remembrance:
He was a cheerful and helpful person, who was very fond of cooking, an activity in which he was known as Chef Nelsini.
José Ignacio Blanco, radio and television communicator from Spain, died Feb. 7. He was 73. From a remembrance:
[Blanco] was also a restless man, as well as an inveterate reader with a great capacity to memorize data. Proof of that talent that he treasured was reflected in a dissertation on a song that was presenting or reciting verses from his favorite poets.
Adrián Di Blasi, journalist and rapporteur from Argentina, died Feb. 6. He was 54. From a remembrance:
[Di Blasi] has passed away. It is impossible to put into words the pain we feel. Our heart goes out to his wife, his daughter, his mother and all his loved ones.
Mokrotovarov Vladimir Aleksandrovich, veteran journalist from Russia, died Feb. 6. He was 82. From a remembrance:
Having retired, Vladimir Alexandrovich went to the village, but continued to write essays that were published in many publications, including on the website of the SJ Kuban. He actively cooperated with the regional branch of the UZHR, was a member of the Council of Veterans.
Vikas Sharma, popular Indian scribe from India, died Feb. 4. He was 35. From a remembrance:
As a reporter, Vikas was known for the sharpness with which he brought out unique facets of every news story from the ground. He travelled across the length and breadth of India, as a reporter, and often hosted his shows from the field, bringing together a quality of news coverage that made him stand out as one of the most respected and admired television journalists in India.
Carlos Nuñez Otero, journalist from Spain, died Feb. 5. From a remembrance:
Carlos Núñez never wanted to give importance to himself and go beyond the effective writer and the reporter who never fails. However, he was the journalist who best knew how to explain the personality of Julio Iglesias through his atmosphere in Miami or the interweaving of the Barcelona backstage.
Kay Hunter, newspaper editor from the United Kingdom, died Feb. 4. She was 92. From a remembrance:
[Hunter] had trust and confidence in her small team and we hardly felt her presence – yet her warmth and gentle guidance generated in us great self-discipline… She inspired huge loyalty and, later, friendship, too. She wrote like an angel: I learnt so much from her. It is so sad that she is gone.
Jadson Simões, film reporter from Brazil, died Feb. 2. He was 39. From a remembrance:
The Union of Journalists of Sergipe and the National Federation of Journalists released a note, highlighting that ‘as much as we have daily practice in writing hundreds of thousands of words, at this moment we lack the vocabulary that can express such dismay in the face of the death of a professional of indisputable functional quality, defender of democracy and freedom of the press and a unique charisma and that Covid-19 unfortunately silence a category, a family and a legion of friends.
Edwin Flores Araoz, journalist, university professor and researcher from Bolivia, died Feb. 3. From a remembrance:
On social networks, Flores’ work colleagues, as well as students from the Social Communication Career of the state Universidad Mayor de San Andrés (UMSA), wrote moving stories to describe the excellence of his chair nurtured by abundant journalistic experience, combined with a fresh theory.
Carlos Torres Ramirez, journalist and Radio La Plata host from Bolivia, died Feb. 3. From a remembrance:
Torres served in media such as Radio La Plata, Panamericana and Radio Antena 2000, among others. He exerted the union leadership in the Federation of Workers of the Chuquisaca Press. Journalists, institutions and friends mourned the death and expressed condolences to his family.
Pastor Heydra, journalist and politician from Venezuela, died Feb. 2. He was 73. From a remembrance:
Miguel Dao, former director of the former Judicial Technical Police (PTJ), described Heydra as a great friend and brother. He recalled the phrases that the renowned Venezuelan journalist and politician expressed in life: “I don’t like cemeteries or coffins”, and “The day death knocks on my door, spread my ashes in the waters of Juangriego to continue navigating the world.”
Gianfranco Compagno, who spent 27 years with the Maidenhead Advertiser from Italy, died Jan. 23. He was 70. From a remembrance:
Always in the front row at public events and training courses, with his unmistakable bow tie, he was one of the founders of the Pontine Press Association and was very active in the Latina section of the Roman Press Association.
Manuel Buenaventura, admirable photojournalist for El Siglo from Panama, died Jan. 23.
Valerie Bootle, who spent 27 years with the Maidenhead Advertiser from the United Kingdom, died Jan. 23. She was 80. From a remembrance:
During her time at the Advertiser, she was responsible for covering the village of Cookham, where she lived. Her son Jack, who works for the BBC, told the Advertiser that Valerie, pictured, was a “fearless” journalist.
Kwasi Sainti Baffoe-Bonnie, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Network Broadcasting Company Limited, owners of defunct Radio Gold from Ghana, died Feb. 1. He was 71. From a remembrance:
“John Mahama in joining many Ghanaians to mourn Baffoe-Bonnie described him as ‘a friend, comrade, and a brother.’ He was married with 3 children: Ama Aniwaa Baffoe-Bonnie, Kweku Agyeman Baffoe-Bonnie, and Kwaku Amoa Baffoe-Bonnie.”
Mel Antonen, national sports reporter and SD Sports Hall of Famer in the U.S., died Jan. 31. He was 64. From a remembrance:
Interactions with Mel were always fun, punctuated with stories and laughter, and usually included him asking a lot of questions. He cared deeply about his friends — and I’m blessed to have counted him as one — and what mattered to them mattered to him.
Andrzej Koprowski, radio program director from Poland, died Jan. 30. He was 80. From a remembrance:
In 1997 he became the superior of the Wielkopolska-Masovian Province of the Society of Jesus and managed the province until 2003. A year later he started working in Rome as deputy director and then program director of Vatican Radio. In 2015 he returned to Poland and settled in Warsaw at the Jesuit College at ul. Rakowiecka.
Calane da Silva, journalist, writer, university professor from Mozambique, died Jan. 30. He was 76.
Qazi Jamil, renowned poet, journalist and educationist from Pakistan, died Jan. 30. He was 71. From a remembrance:
Qazi Jamil was paternal grandson of renowned activist of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Qazi Aziz-ur-Rehman who also served Maulana Johar Ali Khan as his secretary for a long time. Late Qazi Aziz-ur-Rehman launched weekly Urdu newspaper Paigham-e-Sarhad from Haripur in late 30s, which later changed into a daily newspaper and kept on publishing till 1971 when Qazi passed away.
Sonny Fox, the one-time host of “Wonderama” in the U.S., died Jan. 29. He was 95. From a remembrance:
He was not a comic or a clown, just a smart and genial TV host who for almost a decade spoke to children, not at them.
Annette Kullenberg, journalist and author from Sweden, died Jan. 28. She was 82. From a remembrance:
I have never forgotten the compassion and kindness [Annette] showed me as a young, funky substitute. In Annette Kullenberg I met a warm fellow human being, colleague and fellow sister. She saw and cared, when few others at Aftonbladet’s night editors at this time did so. I will never forget that.
Corky Lee, a renowned photojournalist in the U.S. died Jan. 27. He was 73. From a remembrance:
(Corky) had a very unique lens. His passion was to rediscover, document and champion through his images the plight of all Americans but most especially that of Asian and Pacific Islanders. He has left us with what is likely to be the single largest repository of the photographic history of Asian Americans of the past half century.
Sekou Smith, an NBA reporter and analyst in the U.S., died Jan. 26. He was 48. From a remembrance:
Smith was universally beloved within the basketball world, both for the work he produced in his nearly two decades covering the sport and, more importantly, for being a kind and decent person, one with an ever-present smile and a wonderful laugh.
David Ibata, a journalist who previously worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Chicago Tribune, died Jan. 26. He was 66.
Afzal Mohammad, a broadcast journalist in Bangladesh, died Jan. 21.
Pedro Jesús Fernández, a journalist and novelist from Spain, died Jan. 19. He was 64. From Hola News:
Married and father of two children, he was also known in the literary world thanks to his novels “Peón de Rey” (1998), which had a great sales success, and “Cloth of trial” (2000).
Mike Winfield, a retired journalist in South Africa, died Jan. 18. From a remembrance:
“Like the old cars he enjoyed racing at Zwartkops sometimes, he was a classic. Apart from being a great writer and very accomplished driver, he was a humble man, a gentle soul who always acted with kindness,” said former Independent Newspapers Motoring editor Denis Droppa.
Iván Miranda, a journalist and teacher in Bolivia, died Jan. 18. From Opinión Bolivia:
“He was well liked by colleagues and recognized for his great gestures of solidarity.”
Francisco Javier Maldonado Muñoz, a journalist in Mexico, died in January.
Rosa linda García Rocha, a journalist in Mexico, died in January.
Manuel Macías Vázquez, a journalist in Mexico, died in January.
Alfonso Torres, a journalist in Mexico, died in January.
José Luis Arzate Chávez, a photojournalist in Mexico, died in January.
Santos Sánchez Albarrán, a newspaper reporter in Mexico, died in January.
Martiniano Cruz, a sports journalist in mid-January. He was in his 70s. From a remembrance:
Martiniano, in addition to teaching, was a sports journalist, a job he carried out by collaborating in various media, including El Sol de Cuautla in the 1980s, and ESTO, the sportsmen’s newspaper.
Sergio Eduardo Hernández Muñoz, a journalist and entrepreneur in Mexico, died Jan. 16. He was 49. From a remembrance:
Lalo’s great dream was to be a famous singer, but when he did not achieve it, he entered journalism and covered the political source in El Sol de Tlaxcala, then he went to Televisa and as a show reporter he earned respect and admiration by rubbing shoulders with great figures.
Bridget Rowe, a journalist in the United Kingdom, died in January. She was 70. From a remembrance:
In 1991 Rowe became editor of the Sunday Mirror, moving to The People (now Sunday People) in 1994 before becoming managing director of both newspapers in 1997 and finally returning to edit the Sunday Mirror for another year.
Solly Maphumulo, a journalist and editor in South Africa, died Jan. 13. From a remembrance:
If you worked with Solly in the newsroom, you soon got to understand that she could never accept information at face value. She interrogated every angle. And, as to be expected, she was a skeptic of note. Her skepticism often bordered on plain stubbornness. Inevitably, we crossed swords from time to time.
Fernando Soares, a journalist in Brazil, died. He was 53.
Knowldege Simelane, a veteran journalist in South Africa, died Jan. 12. From a remembrance:
Simelane was an institution of knowledge – a walking library due to his in-depth knowledge of the newspaper industry. As an arts writer at Ilanga newspaper, he contributed immensely to the promotion of South Africa’s arts landscape. Even more endearing was his mentorship of young journalists.
Enver Essop, a photojournalist in South Africa, died Jan. 12. He was 54. From a remembrance:
Essop worked for several news publications, including Die Burger, the Cape Argus and the Cape Times. He was described by colleagues as a “gentle giant”.
Raul Correa Enguilo, a journalist and national spokesperson, died in January.
Giuseppe Catania, a journalist in Brazil, died in January. He was 91.
José Ricardo Alfaro, a sports journalist in Peru, died in January.
María Amparo Perís Pallardó, a radio journalist and editor in Spain, died in January. From a remembrance:
María Amparo Perís leaves us the example of her intense love for Valencia and the Valencian, she was a practicing Valencian, a non-stop, who signed up first to everything that meant defending and keeping alive her own, genuine tradition… She did it relentlessly in every minute of her personal and professional life.
Stanley Gusman, a broadcaster in Brazil, died Jan. 10. He was 49.
Raphael Acioli, a journalist in Brazil, died Jan. 10. He was 36.
Dante Mateo, a sports journalist in Peru, died Jan. 8.
Igor Saskov, a photojournalist in Russia, died Jan. 7.
Izinha Toscano, a journalist in Brazil, died Jan. 6.
Ahmed Abdi Nur, a journalist in Somalia, died Jan. 6.
Thomas Blackburn, an American journalist who worked with The Catholic Reporter, died Jan. 2. He was 86. From a remembrance:
NCR Publisher Bill Mitchell remembers Blackburn as “a demanding and kind editor” who supervised his work as NCR’s campus correspondent at the University of Notre Dame from 1967 to 1971. “I always looked forward to calling Tom with a story idea because he was the kind of curious editor who was clearly interested in what was happening on campus in those days,” Mitchell said in an email. “And I knew the story would end up better in print than it was when I filed it.”
Tom Lankford, a photojournalist who documented the Civil Rights era, died Dec. 31. He was 85. From a remembrance;
…As a reporter for The Birmingham News (Lankford) took some of the most memorable photos of the civil rights era even as he worked hand in glove with the city’s police department and the F.B.I., sometimes landing scoops in exchange for things like wiretapping members of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family…
David Castellon, an American journalist, died in late December. He was 55. From a remembrance:
Castellon, who covered various beats including crime, county government, business, and agriculture from 2003 to 2017 at the Times-Delta/Advance-Register, was a famously intrepid reporter who could be counted on to tackle any story, knock on any door and ask the tough questions to any source, colleagues said.
Tiffany Shackelford, who led journalism organizations in the U.S., died Dec. 27. She was 46. From a remembrance:
Passionate about voting rights, she most recently directed a voter information task force affiliated with the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and served as head of outreach for its 50-state election cybersecurity project before the recent election. This was in addition to her job as executive director of the nonprofit Society for News Design, a global membership organization for visual journalists and media leaders.
Tariq Mahmood, a senior journalist in Pakistan, died Dec. 16.
D Vijayamohan, a veteran journalist in India, died Dec. 15. He was 65. From a remembrance:
At a time when there are attempts to divide the people based on religion and caste, his journalism was based on secularism. Apart from politics, he also had the skills to analyse economics.
Alair Xavier, the owner of a news site in Brazil, died Dec. 13. From a news story about his death:
Alair was well known in the region not only for his work as a communicator, but also for participating in motorcycle groups.
Mani Kumar Rai, a senior journalist in India, died Dec. 12. He was 53.
Alexandre Nunes, a newspaper journalist in Brazil, died Dec. 11. He was 62. From a translation of a news story about his death:
Alexandre was an active reporter for the newspaper A União, with a great dedication to journalism as a striking characteristic.
Alán Aviña, a TV reporter in Mexico, died Dec. 12.
Omar Khashram, a Palestenian journalist who worked for Al Jazeera TV, died Dec. 12.
Mizanur Rahman Khan, an editor in Bangladesh, died Dec. 11. From a remembrance:
Mizan did his journalism with honesty, bravery and principles.
Edenir Silva, a radio journalist in Brazil, died Dec. 10. He was 59.
Manglesh Dabral, an Indian poet and journalist, died Dec. 9. He was 72. From a news story about his death:
Dabral’s poetry has been translated in all major Indian languages, and a number of foreign languages, including Russian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Polish and Bulgarian.
Janet Munyaka, a veteran journalist and diplomatic correspondent in Zimbabwe, died Dec. 6. She was 48. From a story about her death:
Munyaka joined the ZBC in 2000 as production assistant in the news department after studying Mass Communication at the Harare Polytechnic College. She then rose through the ranks from production assistant to municipal correspondent, health correspondent before being promoted to Diplomatic Correspondent…
Oh, he had his quirks — plenty of them, to be honest — but they were mostly endearing. Like always turning to Mary to ask what he should order from the menu … or saving stacks of old newspapers and magazines until they toppled over … or playing pickleball in his gosh-awful sweat pants even on a hot day.
Luís Núñez Galán, a veteran journalist in the Dominican Republic, died in December. From a news story about his death:
From his duties, he contributed to a rapprochement between journalists, communicators, and broadcasters with Falcondo, at a time when the population of the Monseñor Nouel province fought incessantly for a healthy environment and 5% of mining profits. He was closely linked to the progress and well-being of the rural communities of the Sabana del Puerto district, for which he made important program efforts with the Falconbridge mining company.
Yakup Kocabaş, a newspaper owner in Turkey, died in December.
Hıdır Keleş, a former newspaper owner in Turkey, died in December.
Pedro Camacho, a journalist in Portugal, died in December.
Humberto Coelho, a journalist in Brazil, died in December. From a news story about his death:
A natural person, a trusted professional, an enlightened soul.
Júnior de Souza, a broadcast journalist in Brazil, died in December. He was 45. From a news story about his death:
Honored, father of an exemplary, honest family, Júnior de Sousa went through life fighting for his daily bread. He was a hard worker. He was a sports chronicler, having worked at some broadcasters in Goiani and then opened his own web-TV channel and went on a project where he basically did everything: marketed, produced, edited, presented, made reports and commanded the technical area.
Eleanor Schano, a pioneering broadcast journalist in Pittsburgh, died Nov. 9. She was 88. From a remembrance:
In a steadfastly sexist profession, Ms. Schano repeatedly defied conventional wisdom about a woman’s role in television journalism. Having been warned, for example, that she would never hold a prime anchor position if she got pregnant, she had three children over the course of her career, hiding her pregnancy each time and getting back to work after just two weeks’ time off.
Hikmet Bakan, a veteran TV and newspaper journalist in Turkey, died in November.
Humayun Sadek Chowdhury, a senior journalist in Bangladesh, died Nov. 26. He was 60.
Rajiv Katara, a senior journalist and magazine editor in India, died Nov. 26. He was 60.
Brent Boynton, a veteran news anchor in Reno, Nevada, died Nov. 24. He was 64. From a news story about his death:
Boynton, a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame, spent more than three decades in TV news, including stints at both KTVN and KOLO. Boynton most recently worked as a community outreach coordinator for the Reno Housing Authority. The Emmy-nominated television journalist also served as communications director for former Gov. Jim Gibbons.
Simon Haydon, the AP’s former international sports editor, died Nov. 24. He was 64. From a news story about his death:
“Simon never forgot that covering sports is supposed to be fun. He was at his happiest at global tournaments and big events, always willing to help on whatever was needed,” said Michael Giarrusso, the AP’s global sports editor. “He could conduct interviews in several different languages, and he had a deep knowledge of European football history and cricket.”
Ezequiel Lizalde, a journalist in Mexico, died Nov. 24.
Carlos González, a journalist in Argentina, died in November. He was 65.
Horacio Cejas, a radio journalist in Argentina, died in November. He was 25.
José Honório Garcia Rocha, a radio journalist in Brazil, died.
Rakesh Taneja, a journalist in India, died Nov. 16. He was 51.
Maxim Minchev, news chief of Bulgarian news agency BTA, died Nov. 15. He was 67. From a news story about his death:
A passionate globetrotter, he wrote down his impressions from countries around the world in numerous books.
Ahmet Kekeç, a journalist in Turkey, died Nov. 14. He was 59.
Arshad Waheed Chaudhry, a broadcast journalist in Pakistan, died Nov. 14.
Derek Masterton, a veteran journalist in the United Kingdom, died in November. He was 66. From a remembrance:
During his time at the Record, Derek reported on many of the biggest stories of the day from Lockerbie to the Orkney sex scandal. And when he moved to the newsdesk his experience helped guide younger reporters during major incidents such as the Dunblane shootings and the 9/11 disaster.
Akif Çelik, a sports writer in Turkey, died in November. He was 45.
Ferhat Koç, a journalist in Turkey, died in November.
Tevfik Fazlı Doğan, “Hatay Zafer Newspaper Concessionaire and HD Media Group Chairman” died in November.
Süleyman Usta, a TV presenter in Turkey, died. He was 55.
Cengiz Koncuk, who owned the Amateur Newspaper in Turkey, died in October.
Hacı Bozkurt, a reporter in Turkey, died in October. He was 66.
Golap Saikia, a news presenter in India, died Sept. 26. Saikia was 52. From a story about COVID deaths in India:
The soft-spoken gentleman used to work as a casual newsreader in All India Radio Guwahati prior to which he presented news bulletins in Guwahati Doordarshan along with private satellite news channels like DY365, NewsLive, PrimeNews, etc.
İbrahim Toru, “the chairman of the board of directors of Kanal Urfa Television and business person” died Sept. 25.
İlhan Erk, a journalist in Turkey, died.
Manoj Binwal, a senior journalist in India who worked for the newspaper Prajatantra, died Sept. 20. Binwal was 55.
Ami Adhar Nidar, a journalist in India who worked for the newspaper DainikJagaran, died Sept. 19. Nidar was 50.
Anil Srivastava, a reporter and editor in India, died Sept. 18. Srivastava was 68.
Harish Choubey, a journalist in India who worked for the newspaper DainikBhaskar, died Sept. 18. Choubey was 60.
Rahul Dolare, a senior local journalist in India, died Sept. 14. Dolare was 49.
Florent C. Pereira, a journalist and actor in India who worked for several television stations, died Sept. 14. Pereira was 67.
Naresh Bajaj, a journalist in India who worked for SachKahoon newspaper, died Sept. 10. Bajaj was 57.
Ravinder Kumar, a journalist with DainikJagran in India, died Sept. 9. Kumar was 30.
Ashim Dutta, a journalist in India, died Sept. 7. Dutta was 65.
Dhaneswar Rabha, a journalist in India, died Sept. 6. Rabha was 35.
Bette Dewing, a longtime columnist for the New York weekly Our Town, died Sept. 5. She was 97. From The New York Times’ remembrance:
Every other week for most of 43 years, Bette Dewing wielded her column in the Upper East Side weekly Our Town like a billy club against reckless cycling, neglect of elders and other vices of modern city life.
Sanjiv Sinha, a journalist in India, died from the coronavirus. Sinha’s age was not listed.
Rajiv Ketan, a photojournalist in India, died from the coronavirus. Ketan’s age was not listed.
Shyam Sarma, a film journalist in India, died from the coronavirus. Sarma’s age was not listed.
Narayanam Seshacharyulu, a journalist in India, died from the coronavirus. Seshacharyulu’s age was not listed.
Pandurang Raikar, a broadcast reporter in India, died from the coronavirus. Raikar’s age was not listed.
Neelanshu Shukla, a broadcast reporter in India, died from the coronavirus. Shukla’s age was not listed.
Jai Deep, a photojournalist in India, died from the coronavirus. Deep’s age was not listed.
Madhusudan Reddy, a broadcast journalist in India, died from the coronavirus. Reddy’s age was not listed.
M Parthasarathy, a video journalist in India, died from the coronavirus. Parthasarathy’s age was not listed.
S’busiso Mseleku, a veteran sports journalist in South Africa, died Aug. 17. He was 59. From Eye Witness News’ remembrance:
Mseleku worked for several media organisations including The Sowetan, Lumumba Sports, SABC and City Press where he was the sports editor.
Somashekhar Yadavatti, a senior journalist in India, died August 16. He was 49. From Outlook’s story:
Mourning the journalist”s demise, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa called Yadavatti a ”simple, soft- spoken and a gentleman,” who made a mark with his unbiased reporting.
Ashok Churi, a veteran journalist and activist in India, died Aug. 7. He was 71. From the Hindustan Times’ story:
Churi owned and edited the- Palghar Times – a Marathi weekly paper – and would highlight the plight of tribals and the economically weaker sections of society. He later took to social activism and used to plan mass tribal community weddings in Palghar each year in May. To date, he had organised around 1,133 weddings since 1987 under the aegis of the Thane District Slum Dwellers’ Welfare Sangh. Churi would also do ‘kanyadhaan’ of many orphaned tribal brides at the weddings.
Dad Mohammad Onaby, editor-in-chief of Islah Daily in Afghanistan, died. His age and date of death were not listed.
Celso Antonio Aguilera, a journalist with Radio Nacional San Pedro in Paraguay, died in August. He was 58.
Rebeka Yesmin, a journalist in Bangladesh, died July 27. Her age was not listed.
Don Peitzman, a veteran journalist and photographer in Colorado, died July 20. He was 63. From Parker Chronicle’s remembrance:
Peitzman is remembered as an old-fashioned journalist who was unshakable, efficient and thorough.
Arthur Rotstein, a retired correspondent with the Associated Press, died in July. He was 74. From the AP’s remembrance:
Above all, Rotstein witnessed the wave of illegal immigration that flooded Arizona in the mid-1990s. He wrote about immigrants who died while crossing the Arizona desert, the environmental damage caused by large numbers of people crossing through the desert, and drug and immigrant smuggling.
Donald H. Shannon, a retired Los Angeles Times correspondent, died July 17. He was 97. From the Times’ remembrance:
Shannon was one of the last surviving links to an earlier era at the Los Angeles Times; he joined the newspaper in 1954, six years before Otis Chandler became publisher and began transforming The Times from a provincial metropolitan paper into a nationally recognized journalistic enterprise.
Mike Konrad, who retired from the Tampa Bay (Florida) Times after almost 30 years, died July 16. He was 64. From the Times’ remembrance:
Mr. Konrad oversaw stories that changed the community — from ceaseless coverage of the Suncoast Parkway to reporting that killed a proposal to develop land that’s now Weeki Wachee Preserve to exposing shoddy homebuilding practices, which helped change Florida hurricane laws.
Mohamed Monir, a journalist in Egypt who was jailed “on charges of broadcasting false news’ died from the disease on July 13. He was 65. From the AP’s story:
Monir was arrested and taken to Cairo’s Tora prison complex last month after appearing on Al-Jazeera TV, a Qatari-owned channel banned by Egypt’s government.
Bertram W. Korn Jr., a journalist and activist in Philadelphia, died July 6. He was 64. From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s remembrance:
At home, Mr. Korn was lighthearted. He liked art and took his children to museums and Big 5 basketball games at the Palestra. He told lots of bad jokes, loved winter more than summer, and got more upset when his kids acted up in school than when they got a bad grade. He jammed to jazz.
Priyadarshi Pattnaik, a newspaper journalist in India, died in July. He was 46.
K. CH. Ratnam, a newspaper reporter in India, died in July. He was 75.
“The communicator had been in the guild for more than 40 years.”
Ahsan Habib, a senior vice president with ATN Bangla in Bangladesh, died July 6. He was 58.
Nurul Karim Majumder, a journalist and former press club president in Bangladesh, died July 5. He was 68. From New Age Bangladesh’s story:
In his professional life, Nurul Karim worked as the Feni district correspondent of Daily Star and United News of Bangladesh.
Khandaker Ekramul Haq, an editor in Bangladesh, died July 5. He was 60. From New Age Bangladesh’s story:
In his professional life, Ekramul worked for different dailies and weeklies, including Weekly Robbar.
Pablo Matamoros, a journalist in Honduras, died July 3. He was 54.
Julio Rodríguez, a commentator with Radio Centro’s Centro Deportes in Ecuador, died July 3. He was 57. From Extra’s story:
He was known as ‘Julián’ and was dedicated to sports journalism.
Carlos Alberto Pangol, a journalist and vice president of the Tungurahua National Union of Journalists in Ecuador, died July 3. He was 73. From Extra’s story:
‘Carlitos’, as his friends always called him, was a benchmark for journalism in Ambato. Passionate about his profession, he always carried a tape recorder in his leather bag. His career dates back more than 50 years of practicing journalism.
Davinder Pal Singh, a news anchor in India, died June 30. His age was not listed.
Tobibur Rahman Masum, a chief reporter in Bangladesh, died June 28. He was 52. From The Daily Star’s story:
Masum was well known in the sports arena and covered the South Asian Games and the Olympic Games several times.
He was the president of Rajshahi’s Sports Reporters’ Council and he conducted regular programmes at Bangladesh Betar.
Vladimir Largacha, a journalist in Colombia, died June 27. He was 46.
E Velmurugan, a senior cameraman in India, died June 27. He was 41. From The New Indian Express’ story:
Colleagues remember him as being serious at work and cheerful otherwise.
Abu Talib Nizami, a retired journalist in Pakistan who worked for several newspapers in his career, died June 27. He was 88. From Dawn’s story:
Mr Nizami worked for several newspapers at senior positions including Dawn Media Group’s daily Hurriyat as its city editor.
Belal Hossain, managing editor of a newspaper in Bangladesh, died June 24. He was 53.
Gregory Katz, a correspondent for the Associated Press in London, died June 23. He was 67. From the AP’s story:
His career over four decades took him across the globe, from Latin America to Africa, Asia to Russia, the Middle East and Western Europe. He was part of the team in 1994 that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting at the Dallas Morning News for a series on violence against women around the world.
Javed Jivani, a retired journalist in India, died June 23. He was 84.
Kamal Lohani, a journalist and cultural activist in Bangladesh, died June 19. He was 86. From Dhaka Tribune’s story:
Lohani waged a long struggle in his efforts to establish freedom of thought in the country, and his illustrious career in journalism inspired many others with hope and confidence.
Letícia Neworal Fava, a journalist in Brazil, died June 19. She was 28.
Jaime Arósqueta, a correspondent for Radio Panamerica in Bolivia, died June 19. His age was not listed.
Gowripura Chandru, a chief deputy editor in India, died June 18. He was 54.
Dan Foster, a morning radio host in Nigeria and former U.S. Marine, died June 17. He was 61. From The New York Times remembrance:
Unlike previous radio hosts from the United States, who never fully settled in, Mr. Foster immersed himself in Nigeria’s culture, dressing in local fashions and dropping phrases from the local languages into his on-air patter. “I love what I am doing here and this is my home,” he told Modern Ghana in 2009.
Pepe Ruiz, a sports journalist in Nicaragua, died in June. He was 75.
John Bompengo, a veteran photojournalist with the Associated Press in Congo, died in June. He was 52. From the AP’s story:
Among his memorable assignments was covering Congo’s 2006 election, the country’s first multiparty vote in more than 40 years — held nine years after the death of longtime dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.
When dangerous clashes broke out after one opposition party decided to boycott, Bompengo went out into the streets to film them even when other journalists stayed back.
D. Manoj, a journalist in India, died June 7. He was in his 30s. From the News Minute’s story:
India Today Reporter Ashish remembers Manoj fondly. “When I first came to Hyderabad in 2013 as a novice reporter he was the one who introduced me to all police officials. He was very well known in his neighbourhood and respected. He used to always take me home for lunch whenever we used to meet. We were close, this is a huge loss,” said Ashish.
Ginny Frizzi, “a stalwart pillar of the journalism community in Western Pennsylvania,” died June 1. She was 66. From TribLive’s story:
A native of Pittsburgh, Ms. Frizzi began her career in journalism before launching a 25-year career in public relations at Point Park University. But she always kept her hand in the news business as a freelance writer, a mentor to aspiring journalists and as a leader in the region’s professional organizations.
Bill Mealey, a photojournalist in the United Kingdom, died in May. From the Echo’s story:
Bill’s work saw him develop close ties with celebrities including Paul McCartney, Cilla Black, Tommy Steele and Sammy Davis Jnr, during their time in Liverpool, and his pictures of them were published across the world.
Chris Farman, a journalist in the United Kingdom, died May 29. He was 83. From the Banbury Guardian’s story:
Mr Farman will mostly be remembered with great affection for his wit, good humoured conversation and boundless energy and enthusiasm for history, political debate and activism.
Bobette Leidner, an American journalist who reported during World War II, died May 24. She was 98. From the Philadelphia Inquirer’s remembrance:
Mrs. Leidner lived even her final years in the service of others. A journalist during World War II, she recently wrote stories for the newsletter at her retirement home, dictating them to others after she lost her sight.
Ward Harkavy, who previously worked at alt-weeklies including the New Times in Phoenix, Westword in Denver and the Village Voice in New York City, died May 17. He was 72. From the Village Voice’s remembrance:
A true journalist, Ward had no favorites — he would call bullshit on anyone and everyone (including himself). But he would also deliver the hardest of facts with humorous insights — although in this particular case, W made it easy by providing the writer with such quotes as “Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.”
Manuel Sánchez, a journalist in Peru, died. The date of his death and his age were not reported.
Mario Bucana Huamaní, a cameraman in Peru, died. The date of his death and his age were not reported.
Catherine Waring, who worked for several publications in England, died May 3. She was 48. From Shropshire Star’s story:
Husband Richard said: “She always wanted to be a journalist. She wasn’t really interested in going to a national newspaper or getting into television or radio. She loved doing local stories. She loved meeting people.”
José María Riba, who served as the head of Cannes Critic Week, died May 2. He was 68. From Variety’s remembrance:
With his death, Spain and Latin America loses one of the founding fathers of an international Spanish-language arthouse sector which flowered from the turn of the century, an unflagging, perpetually smiling, convivial advisor to a new generation of Spanish-language talent which changed the face of Latin American and Spanish cinema and made of their films one of the best things that these territories had to offer.
Gil Schwartz, formerly CBS’ chief communications officer, died May 2. He was 68. From Deadline’s story:
Highly regarded by colleagues and journalists, Schwartz was a top advisor to CBS’ senior executives and a beloved mentor to the many communications executives who worked with him. He was also a gifted showman who became famous for his singing, guitar playing and comedic riffs during CBS’ annual affiliate meetings. Schwartz’s colorful and endearing personality was also on full display every December at CBS’ annual holiday press party, a can’t-miss fete that featured appearances by the company’s biggest stars and top executives as well as the serving of Gil’s signature pigs in a blanket.
Miguel Ángel García Tapia, a journalist in Mexico, died May 1. His age was not listed.
Emery Jussier Costa, a journalist in Brazil, died May 1. He was 74. From his Globo remembrance:
Emery Jussier Costa began his career as a radio communicator at the age of 17 and worked in a print newspaper in Mossoró.
Graham Fulton, a journalist in the United Kingdom, died in April. He was 87. From the Daily Record’s story:
Graham’s illustrious career with the PA spanned nearly 50 years, beginning as an apprentice monotype operator in the days of hot metal printing before transferring to the editorial staff.
For many years, ever dapper Graham covered the fortunes – and often misfortunes – of his beloved St Johnstone from press boxes at Muirton and McDiarmid, and far beyond.
Elizabeth Proctor, a journalist in Northern Ireland, died in April. She was 89. From Hold the Front Page’s story:
Describing her as a “larger than life character”, her nephew Scott Charrington told the Bel Tel: “She was very intelligent, very loving and outgoing person.
Luiz Marcello de Menezes Bittencourt, a broadcaster in Brazil, died April 30. He was 68.
Ron Hutson, who covered race relations for the Boston Globe, died April 28. He was 72. From the Globe’s remembrance:
Illuminating ordinary moments that might otherwise go unnoticed amid extraordinary circumstances was a hallmark of Mr. Hutson’s reporting, which was part of the Globe’s coverage of school desegregation that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 1975.
Humayun Kabir Khokon, a journalist from Bangladesh, died April 28. He was 47.
Alison Schwartz, director of digital platforms at People Magazine, died April 28. She was 29. From People’s remembrance:
Alison was much more than a writer. She was a ray of sunshine to her co-workers, her friends and her family, even during challenging times. She made everyone she met dissolve into giggles at her irreverent sense of humor.
Alejandro Cedillo, a journalist in Mexico, died in late April. He was 40. From Oicanadian’s remembrance:
Cedillo was 40 years of age, 20 of them dedicated to the performance of the news coverage national in the newspaper The Chronicle Today where it began in the Sports.
Martha Caballero Collí, a journalist in Mexico, died in late April. She was 43. From UnoTV’s story:
Martha worked in various media, such as Quequi and Diario de Quintana Roo; She also served as director of Social Communication for Isla Mujeres.
Zafar Bhatti, a journalist in Pakistan who formerly worked for the Associated Press of Pakistan, died April 27. He was 70. From APP’s remembrance:
He was admired by his colleagues in journalist community and friends for his ever-smiling personality and compassion for others.
Mahmoud Riad Abujabal, head of sports coverage at El Khamis in Egypt, died April 27. He was 42.
Alfredo Menezes, a retired sports editor in Brazil, died April 27. He was 72. From Globo’s story:
Alfredo Menezes was a charismatic figure in the media and was considered a reference in amateur sport. For 30 years, the journalist was sports editor for the newspaper O Estado do Maranhão.
Doug Carnegie, a photojournalist in the United Kingdom, died April 25. From Press-Gazette’s story:
He was the first press photographer on the scene following a horrific gas explosion at the Royal Darroch Hotel in Cults, near Aberdeen, in October 1983 in which six people died.
His photographs from that tragic day led him to win the title of UK provincial photographer of the year for 1984, which meant a trip to London to receive his award.
Roberto Augusto dos Santos, a journalist in Brazil, died April 25. He was 69. From Portal Marcos Santos’ story:
In a note of regret, the Union of Journalists recalled that the Amazonian was a fan of Fluminense. “Owner of a cheerful personality, he was known for his playful and outgoing way and for his companionship in the work environment”, says an excerpt from the text.
Gunnar Seijbold, a photojournalist in Sweden, died April 25. He was 65. From Svt Nyheter’s story:
He always set a good example of how to behave towards people, no matter where they came from and what background you have. He was always kind to everyone.
Roberto Fernandes, a journalist in Brazil, died April 22. He was 61. From Time 24 News’ story:
He acted as a political commentator for the newspaper Bom dia Mirante and ran the Ponto Final program of Rádio Mirante AM for two decades.
Roberto Fernandes, a journalist in Brazil, died April 22. He was 61.
Robson Thiago Mesquita, a camera operator in Brazil, died April 21. His age was not listed.
José María Calleja, a journalist in Spain, died April 21. He was 64. From El Pais remembrance:
“He was a tough guy, a voice for freedom,” his friends recall.
Robert Fresco, a retired reporter who worked for Newsday, died April 20. He was 78. From Newsday’s story:
Fresco was remembered as a committed journalist whose talent for gathering and analyzing data helped inform projects ranging from disparities in property tax assessments to traffic fatalities on Long Island, and stories on race, education and the environment.
Richard Sanders, a former broadcaster with BBC Radio 4, died April 20. He was 62. From Metro’s story:
“He was never afraid to ask a hard question or hold politicians to account.”
Renan Antunes, a journalist in Brazil, died April 19. He was 71. From Gauchazh General’s story:
He won one of the most prestigious journalism awards in the country, Esso de Reportagem Nacional, among other awards. He had a strong and indomitable personality. “A wild soul”, as defined by niece Edith Auler, also a professional colleague of her uncle.
Omar Salvatierra was remembered as a server with high esteem and always radiating joy in his activities on local radio I99.
Brian Hood, a former evening Standard Editor in the United Kingdom, died April 15. He was 67. From the Evening Standard’s story:
The horse-racing fanatic began his career in journalism on the Clitheroe Advertiser and Blackpool Gazette. He would go on to work in Hong Kong for the South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal before freelancing for most of the Fleet Street papers.
Mariahé Pabón, a Venezuelan journalist based in Miami, died April 15. She was 90. From Diario Las Americas story:
In the extensive list of personalities interviewed by Pabón, the soccer player Alfredo Di Stefano and the dictator Fidel Castro stand out.
Fernando Alban, a former cameraman in Ecuador, died April 15. His age was not listed.
José Augusto Nascimento Silva, a journalist with SBT Television in Brazil, died April 13. He was 57.
Augusto Itúrburu, a sports reporter with El Telegrafo newspaper in Ecuador, died in mid-April. He was 40. From El Telegrafo’s remembrance:
A man of fair words and fundamental gestures, such as sharing a plate of food. A coin, a ride. A good morning An attentive mind and an indelible memory.
Anthony Causi, a photojournalist with the New York Post, died April 12. He was 48. From Ken Davidoff’s remembrance:
His action shots reflected his knack for being in the right place at the right time — his capturing of legendary Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera from behind, departing the bullpen and entering a sold-out Yankee Stadium, became his most popular photo — and his portraits of some of those same athletes off the field showed off the plethora of relationships he developed. In 2017, mercurial Mets All-Star Yoenis Cespedes granted The Post access to his ranch in Vero Beach, Fla. — and dressed in cowboy gear — because of the trust he had in Causi.
Theodore Gaffney, a photojournalist, died April 12. He was 92. From Ian Shapira’s Washington Post remembrance:
coronavirus at age 92, eagerly signed up. He found himself risking his life and documenting one of the most tumultuous 48 hours in civil rights history.
Michael W.R. Davis, author, historian and American journalist, died April 11. He was 88. From Meredith Spelbring’s remembrance for the Detroit Free Press:
He was assistant bureau chief of Business Week in Detroit and contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers. In college he flew airplanes. In late life he loved driving Model T’s around the Piquette Plant’s parking lot.
Hannes Schopf, who served as general secretary and press spokesman for the Association of Austrian Newspapers and an editor before retirement, died April 10. He was 72. From BauernZeitung’s remembrance:
In his column “Packed by the head”, he always delivered a succinct formulation of many relevant analyzes. After retiring in 2012, Schopf continued to volunteer for the media industry as a board member of the Concordia press club, as an ombudsman for the Austrian Press Council and as chairman of the journalism promotion commission.
Roberto Roman, a sports broadcaster in Ecuador, died April 9. His age was not listed. From El Comercio’s remembrance:
Roman is remembered for the sports program outside the field. He worked on Radio Atalaya, Radio Caravana and other stations. He also worked in the written press and on television.
Luis Alberto Flores, a sports broadcaster with Radio la Red in Ecuador, died April 8. His age was not listed.
Firas Zaghez, a photojournalist in Algeria, died April 8. His age was not listed.
Mohamed Baghdad, a retired journalist in Algeria, died April 8. He was 79. From ObservAlgerie’s story:
He was a journalist for the daily El Moudjahid, where he held the post of head of the cultural department between 1970 and 1990.
Kumiko Okae, an actress and TV host in Japan, died April 6. She was 63.
Omar Paredes, a driver for journalists with Expreso newspaper in Ecuador, died on April 6. His age was not listed. From Expreso’s remembrance:
He did his job with equal dedication and passion for the two newspapers, but he had EXTRA ‘tattooed’ on his heart, very close to love for his children and a shield of Barcelona.
Brahm Kanchibotla, U.S. correspondent for United News of India, died April 5. He was 66. From the Livemint story about his death:
During his 28-year career in the US, he had worked for 11 years as a content editor for Merger Markets, a financial publication, and also did a stint with News India-Times weekly newspaper. He had emigrated to the U.S. in 1992 after having worked for several publications in India.
Anick Jesdanun, the Associated Press’ deputy technology editor, died April 2. He was 51. From Ted Anthony’s remembrance:
For more than two decades, Jesdanun helped generations of readers understand the emerging internet and its impact on the world. And while his work may have been about screens and computers and virtual networks, Jesdanun’s large life was about the world and exploring all of the corners of it that he could, virtual and physical alike.
Ricardo Gutierrez Aparicio, a journalist in Peru, died April 1. His age was not listed.
Stuart Goodman, a photo editor who worked for several newspapers in the United Kingdom, died March 2. He was 72. From the Evening Standard’s remembrance:
Goodman had worked as a photographer, night picture editor and picture desk assistant at titles including the Swansea Evening Post, The Guardian, The Independent and Daily Mail.
After the Standard, he moved to Norfolk, where he taught A Level photography until his retirement in 2010.
Anastasia Petrova, editor, Business Interest in Russia, died March 31. She was 36. Yury Kuroptev and Robert Coalson wrote about Petrova for Radio Free Europe, describing her as a “writer, painter, and single mother of two sons,” and the daughter of a prominent local journalist. From that piece:
“Nastya was a hereditary journalist,” said Svetlana Danilova, editor of the Business Interest website. “She inherited all the best qualities from her mother — including determination in pursuit of her goals. She was a smart, bright person. Nastya always won. She had the deceptive appearance of a Renaissance noblewoman, but was hard steel inside. It seemed as if everything came easily to her and that there was almost nothing she couldn’t do.
René Rodríguez Soriano, a journalist from the Dominican Republic who lived in the U.S., died March 31. His age was not listed. From Diario Libre’s story:
He settled in the United States in 1998, from where he developed an intense work of dissemination and promotion of Ibero-American literature.
Dennis Aris, a journalist in the United Kingdom, died March 31. He was 76. From The Westmorland Gazette’s story:
His column The Way I See It was launched in 1990 and quickly established itself as a favourite feature of the newspaper, continuing for a remarkable 18 years.
Former editor John Lannaghan said: “Giving Dennis his own column was one of the best things I ever did. He had a quirky sense of humour and used it to wonderful effect, highlighting the absurdities and oddities of everyday life but often with a serious point to make.
Chris Barrett, a retired journalist in the United Kingdom, died in March. He was 75. From ITV’s remembrance:
Chris always loved a story that brought a bit of humour or good cheer to people’s lives, whether in print or on the screen.
He used to pride himself on trying to finish his bulletins with a happy story to leave viewers in good spirits. He enjoyed a joke, and loved to sing (loudly).
Although he later retired, Chris never actually seemed to stop working.
Mark Eckert, business executive, Mahoning Matters, Youngstown, Ohio, died of the coronavirus, according to a March 30 story from editor Mark Sweetwood. Eckert’s age wasn’t listed. On April 13, Sweetwood wrote about a project Eckert worked on before his death to honor people in town who make a difference.
On Friday before he was hospitalized, Mark broke the news: Eastwood Mall was going to partner with us to launch Difference Makers.
Then we lost Mark. We were still deep in our grief when the folks at Eastwood Mall asked if they could dedicate the series to Mark. So each week you’ll see this editor’s note: ‘Difference Makers articles share stories of the local heroes making a difference during the extraordinary times of the COVID-19 pandemic. This section is made possible by Eastwood Mall and named in honor of Mark Eckert, who made a difference in the Mahoning Valley.’
A Hai Swapan, a photojournalist with Daily Manabzamin in Bangladesh, died March 30. His age wasn’t reported. From United News of Bangladesh’s report:
He was suffering from kidney disease and was scheduled to go to India soon for kidney replacement.
Ángel Sánchez, previously a reporter in Ecuador, died March 30. He was 56.
His colleagues remembered him for his cheerful spirit…
Terry Mansfield, a former executive for Hearst in the United Kingdom, died March 29. He was 81.
Maria Mercader, a journalist with the CBS News in the U.S., died of the coronavirus, CBS News reported on March 29. She was 54. From that remembrance:
Maria got her start at CBS News in 1987, in the CBS Page Program. In her years working on the CBS News foreign and national desks, Maria helped produce many of the biggest stories, including the death of Princess Diana and the 9/11 attacks. She won a Business Emmy in 2004 for her work on a “CBS Sunday Morning” report on computer spam.
Zororo Makamba, a broadcast journalist in Zimbabwe died of the coronavirus, the BBC reported March 29. He was 30 and Zimbabwe’s first coronavirus death. From Sam Roberts’ New York Times obituary about Makamba:
Mr. Makamba was best known for his online commentary and his appearances on talk shows and current affairs programs, discussing climate change and other political and social issues. Writing in The Herald, the state-owned daily newspaper, Leroy Dzenga described Mr. Makamba as “a passionate, eloquent patriot who understood the role of lucid communication in nation-building.”
On Twitter, Mr. Makamba described himself this way: “I hold the pen and my story is still being written.”
Lauro Freitas Filho, an editor with the newspaper Monitor Mercantil, died March 28. He was 61.
Henri Tincq, a journalist in France, died March 28. He was 74. From the Teller Report:
The president Emmanuel Macron paid tribute this Tuesday in a statement to “one of the best connoisseurs of Catholicism and one of the finest observers of the Vatican.”
Laila Tarzaim, a journalist in Morocco, died March 27. She was 38.
Dominique Aliziou, a journalist in Togo, died March 27. He was Togo’s first coronavirus death. From Republic of Togo’s announcement:
Sympathetic, easy to contact, Dominique Aliziou was a confirmed journalist at the head of a newspaper whose quality had made it one of the flagship titles in Togo
He was Ecuavisa News Coordinator, although he had previously worked as a reporter in the Sports section, where he commanded the edition of the ESTADIO portal www.estadio.ec , in addition, he was Head of the Press Department of the tournaments of ATP Challengers who organized in the country in cities such as Quito, Salinas, Cuenca and Manta, as well as those developed in Naples and Miami, began their work on Radio CRE Satelital a little over a decade ago.
Olmedo Méndez Tacur, a reporter at Radio Universal de Guayaquil in Ecuador, died March 25. His age was not listed.
Alan Finder, a retired reporter and editor at The New York Times who still worked part time, died on March 24. He was 72. From Sam Roberts’ remembrance:
In an often frenetic profession, he found the time to mentor colleagues, maintained a sardonic — but never cynical — sense of humor, and managed to vitalize what in lesser hands might have been benumbing explications of why property tax assessments, revisions of the City Charter and affirmative action goals in granting municipal contracts were relevant to average readers.
Abdollah Zavieh, a journalist in Iran, died March 24. His age was not listed.
José María Candela, a sports journalist in Spain, died March 20. He was 59. From RTVE’s remembrance:
Candela, self-proclaimed radio and sports lover, was an emblematic editor of RNE and part of the team of the ‘Radiogaceta de los Deportes’ program . This benchmark of Spanish sports journalism began at RTVE in 1985 , where a large part of his career, for 20 years, was devoted to following the information of the football team of his loves Atlético de Madrid.
Tomás Díaz-Valdés, a sports journalist in Spain, died March 20. He was 77. From El País remembrance:
Díaz-Valdés was the first journalist to take motorcycle racing to the pages of a newspaper, the newspaper As. And there he continued, for many years, as a promoter of the motor section, giving opportunities to other journalists and creating a quarry.
Larry Edgeworth, an NBC News employee, died March 19. He was 61. From Erik Ortiz’ story on Edgeworth, who worked in the equipment room at NBC’s headquarters and, before that, spent 25 years as an audio technician:
“Larry was a gentle bear of a man, the heart and soul of our extended NBC family,” Andrea Mitchell, NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, said. “I was always cheered and reassured knowing he was on the team in the field. He always had my back whether here in the U.S. or in the most dangerous situations around the world.”
Jean-Michel Denis, a journalist in France, died March 16. He was 70. From Paris Match’s story:
Jean-Michel had become the image of the foreign journalist. He knew how to come back each time, full of energy with new angles to offer to the newsrooms for which he collaborated.
Paul Tobar, a journalist in Ecuador, died of the coronavirus. The date of his death and his age weren’t listed.
Carlos Loor, a journalist in Ecuador, died of the coronavirus. The date of his death and his age weren’t listed.
Rosendo Escobar Cardenas, a journalist in Ecuador, died of the coronavirus. The date of his death and his age weren’t listed.
Carlos Pinzón, a journalist from Colombia, died. The date was not listed. He was 92.
Raffaele Masto, a journalist in Italy, died. The date was not listed. He was 66. From La Repubblica’s story:
Thanks to his great curiosity, the listeners of Radio Popolare and his colleagues have known that part of the world in years when no one really talked about it.
Paolo Micai, a journalist and cameraman in Italy, died in March, He was 60. From TGCom 24’s story:
In the last month he had narrated the drama of Covid-19 in the front line, accompanying with his images the stories of journalists from the cities and countries most affected by the pandemic.
Adam Alsing, a radio and television journalist in Sweden, died. The date was not listed. He was 51. From Aftonbladet’s story:
Adam Alsing started his career in the early 90’s in TV4 and later got his own talk show in TV3. He then went to Channel 5 and led programs such as “Big Brother”.
Azucena Romaní Tafur, a journalist in Peru, died. The date and her age were not listed.
Gulshan Ewing, a retired Indian journalist and editor, died. The date was not listed. She was 92. From the BBC’s remembrance:
Ewing, who edited two of India’s most popular publications – women’s magazine Eve’s Weekly and film magazine Star & Style – from 1966 to 1989 was a celebrated editor, and a celebrity in her own right.
Stefano Montomoli, an Italian journalist, died. He was 69. From Radio Siena’s story:
He was a voice that everyone knew and appreciated.
The Guardian reports at least 20 journalists in Peru have died from the coronavirus.
Correction: An earlier version of this story bungled Steven H. Prince’s first name. We apologize for the error, it has been corrected. Also, Karen Hudson-Samuels died from an apparent stroke, not the coronavirus.
This article was originally published on April 13, 2020, and was last updated on Jan. 28. Lisa Clifford with International News Safety Institute contributed to this report. Reporting by the Press Emblem Campaign also helped build this list. We also used this list from Press-Gazette to update.
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