Five lost lives

December 21, 2020

The coronavirus has consumed journalism in 2020, as news organizations have scrambled to tell the story of the biggest pandemic in a century. But journalists themselves have not escaped the virus’s toll.

For the final installment of The Kicker for 2020, CJR tells the story of five journalists lost this year to covid-19, as told by the colleagues who loved them.

Charles Wenzelberg, chief photographer for the New York Post, memorializes Anthony Causi, forty-eight, a longtime photographer for the Post.

Barbara Ortutay, an AP technology reporter, remembers Anick Jesdanun, fifty-one, deputy technology editor for the AP.

Helen Fallon, president of the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania and a journalism professor emerita at Point Park University, memorializes Ginny Frizzy, sixty-six, a freelance writer and a leader in the region’s journalism organizations. 

Steven Thrasher, a professor in the schools of journalism and medicine at Northwestern University, looks back on Ward Harkavy, seventy-two, former news editor for the Village Voice. 

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Molly Moorehead, senior editor at the Penny Hoarder, memorializes Mike Konrad, sixty-four, former editor in chief of the Hernando and Pasco bureaus of the Tampa Bay Times.

The remembrances were led in conversation by Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR.

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Amanda Darrach is a contributor to CJR and a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews School of International Relations. Follow her on Twitter @thedarrach.