January 4, 2021

How can we understand loss on the scale we’re now experiencing?

Worldwide, more than 530,000 people have died, according to The New York Times, with more than 130,000 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.

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. 

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…

Steven H. Prince, who retired after 33 years at the South Bend (Indiana, USA) Tribune died Dec. 6. He was 75.  From a remembrance

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. 

Jorge Walterio Medina Palazuelos, a journalist with Radio UAS in Mexico, died July 11. His age was not listed. According to Press Emblem Campaign’s coverage:

“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, a broadcast journalist in Ecuador, died April 17. His age was not listed. From El Universo’s remembrance: 

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.


In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, New York Post photographer Anthony J. Causi, left, covers UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Causi, a highly skilled and exceedingly popular sports photographer for The New York Post who covered the city’s teams for 25 years, died Sunday, April 12, 2020, from the new coronavirus. He was 48. Person next to Causi is unidentified. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

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:

In the spring of 1961, Jet magazine asked Theodore Gaffney, a Washington freelance photographer, to travel with the Freedom Riders, a group of activists from across the country who planned to challenge segregation in the South by riding Greyhound and Trailways buses…Gaffney, who died Easter Sunday of the 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. 

Manuel Adolfo Varas, a sports broadcaster for Radio Caravana in Ecuador, died March 30. He was 76. From El Universo’s remembrance:

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

Víctor Hugo Peña, news coordinator of Ecuavisa in Ecuador, died March 27. From a story from Infocancha:

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. 

This article was originally published on April 13, 2020, and was last updated on Jan. 4. 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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  • Wow. This list of once beating heart journalists punched me in the gut…I think because I’m a former TV News journalist who still can’t separate herself from “the family.” This news is painful. This news is personal. I will take a moment each day at noon to remember and pray for journalists around the world as COVID-19 unmasks the frailties of this thing we call life.