Matthew Power dies in Uganda

Matthew Power has died while reporting in Uganda, Outside reports on its Facebook page:

Power was a contributing editor to Harper's Magazine and also wrote for GQ, Men's Journal, and other publications. He was on assignment for Men's Journal, a spokesperson for Wenner Media tells Poynter in an email.

Men's Journal published a tribute to Power. Here's a statement from the magazine:

We are devastated to confirm that journalist Matthew Power died yesterday while working on a story for Men’s Journal in Uganda. Matt was reporting a story on Levison Wood, a British explorer who is attempting to walk the length of the Nile River. On Monday, Matt fell ill, lost consciousness, and died. His travel companions believe the cause of death was heat stroke, but we will not know for certain until an autopsy is completed. Matt’s body is en route to Kampala with photographer Jason Florio, who was also working on the story, where the autopsy will be done.

No writer better represented (or loved) Men's Journal as fully as Matt did, and we are proud to have published dozens of stories he wrote over the years. For more than a decade, Matthew Power packed a bag and found his way to some far-flung, often unpleasant, places to report quintessential Men’s Journal stories (the 2008 climbing disaster on K2; a British adventurer walking the Amazon; a wildlife documentarian tracking grizzly bears in Yellowstone, to name just a few) and write them with a clarity and understated grace that most writers can only hope to achieve.

We extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Jess, and to Matt's family. We will pass along more details as we have them.

Longform has a tribute page up, and Power's fans and friends are tweeting tributes and favorite stories.




Correction: Men's Journal's original statement misspelled Jason Florio's name. It's fixed above.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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