The journalism world reeled on Thursday night following the death of New York Times media columnist David Carr. He was 58.
The newspaper confirmed Carr’s death with a short obituary following statements from individual staffers online.
“It wasn’t my place to make an announcement,” staff artist Sarah Booth said on Twitter. “Tonight David Carr collapsed and we were just told by the photo desk that he did not make it.”
The Times’ social media editor, Michael Roston, posted a statement from executive editor Dean Baquet to the staff. Roston is a former Washington correspondent for Raw Story.
“He was the finest media reporter of his generation,” Baquet wrote. “A remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom. He was our biggest champion, and his unending passion for journalism and for truth will be missed by our family at the Times.”
The statement can be read in full below:
Dean Baquet on David Carr: “He was our biggest champion…" pic.twitter.com/vIxeTpmmzM
— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) February 13, 2015
Carr died just hours after interviewing fellow journalist Glenn Greenwald, filmmaker Laura Poitras and former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
The panel discussion was posted online, and can be seen below.
Other media professionals posted their own tributes to Carr on Twitter. Several of them can be read below.
David Carr cared whether you were interesting and doing good work, NOT whether you had climbed up the media pecking order. Rare combo.
— Matt Welch (@MattWelch) February 13, 2015
my last conversation with David Carr was mainly about bar fights in Wisconsin
— alex pareene (@pareene) February 13, 2015
Can't possibly find words. David Carr was brilliant, funny, generous. My heart breaks for his family+his legion of friends. Proud to be 1.
— Bill Carter (@wjcarter) February 13, 2015
David Carr oozed with one thing journalists struggle to sustain: integrity. He was a journalistic rock. RIP @carr2n
— Jose Antonio Vargas (@joseiswriting) February 13, 2015
— Lola Ogunnaike (@lolaogunnaike) February 13, 2015
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) February 13, 2015
The only person who could adequately express how we all feel is David Carr.
— Ravi Somaiya (@ravisomaiya) February 13, 2015