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In Memoriam

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz Passed Away at 51

f2672570abd6d9f0e311a2c08904942aMike Majchrowitz, White House correspondent for FOX News Radio, passed away Sunday at the age of 51 after a long battle with cancer.

“Mike was an original – a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor and a good man,” said Mitch David, FOX News Radio VP. “He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him.”

Majchrowitz joined FNR in 2005 to serve as a Congressional correspondent until 2010 when he switched to the White House beat. In 2012, he returned to cover the presidential campaign while battling cancer.

Funeral arrangements to follow. Click here as FOX News Radio remembers Majchrowitz.

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Reporters Without Borders Launches Tribute Page for James Foley

JimFoley304In memory of James Foley, the American photo journalist beheaded this week by ISIS, Reporters Without Borders created a tribute page to serve as a forum where anyone, including colleagues and members of the media, can share memories and leave messages.

“To us, he was an extraordinary journalist, who abhorred violence and was motivated by the desire to highlight the plight of the victims of war,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire. “As an internationally renowned journalist, James’ work took him to Libya and Syria. While being held captive by the Islamic State, he remained impassive in the face of threats, clinging to the hope that he would eventually return home. Courageous and composed, he communicated his hope to his fellow prisoners.”

In a statement on Foley’s taped murder – that was posted to YouTube on Tuesday by ISIS – President Barack Obama described Foley as ”a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family” and concluded by vowing “we will do everything we can to protect our people and the timeless values that we stand for.”

Visit the tribute page, here.

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Former CBS News Political Editor Dotty Lynch has Died

in-memoriamFormer CBS News political editor Dotty Lynch has died at the age of 67, POLITICO is reporting.

Lynch was with CBS from 1985 – 2005 and in 2006, joined American University as a faculty member until her spring 2014 retirement.

According to her AU faculty bio, the 2012 election was “Lynch’s 22nd election cycle in congressional and presidential campaigns as a professional journalist and pollster.”

For more on her life and legacy, click on over to POLITICO.

 

Former White House Press Secretary James Brady Dies at 73

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James Brady, former White House press secretary for President Ronald Reagan, has died at the age of 73, the Associated Press is reporting.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that our beloved Jim “Bear” Brady has passed away after a series of health issues,” Brady’s family said in a statement obtained by the AP. “His wife, Sarah, son, Scott, and daughter, Missy, are so thankful to have had the opportunity to say their farewells.”

Brady survived a 1981 presidential assassination attempt on President Reagan. According to ABC News, “the shooting caused brain damage, partial paralysis, short-term memory impairment, slurred speech and constant pain.”

For more, including Brady’s work in support of gun control, click on over to ABC News.

DC Food Writer Walter Nicholls to be Remembered at Friday Memorial Service

WNicholls_03bLongtime Washington Post staff writer Walter Nicholls, who most recently was the contributing food editor to The Georgetowner, will be remembered this Friday, July 11, at a memorial service at 10:15 a.m. at the Friends Meeting House of Washington.

Nicholls died of cancer June 1 at the age of 64.

Friday’s service will be informal, with a reception following.

In Memory of Long-time Washington Gossip Columnist Diana McLellan

f76c7db648450ad8986c43.L._V210171762_SX200_Former Washington Star, Times, and Post gossip columnist Diana McLellan died yesterday at 76. McLellan was a legend in Washington, known for her column “The Ear,” which she wrote for the Star before it folded in 1981.

In November 2013, a dinner was held in honor of Emily Heil after taking over The Washington Post‘s “Reliable Sources” column alongside Helena Andrews. McLellan offered advice for Heil via email.

“The best advice I can give – and I doubt you could do any of it now – is collect info sober, write drunk, and edit after coffee…Also, keep expenses as high as possible or they won’t respect you.” And, “Only deal with the top editor so you don’t get nibbled to death by ducks.” Read more

BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings Remembered One Year After Car Crash

heres-the-late-michael-hastings-10-essential-tips-for-young-journalistsToday marks the one year anniversary since BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles. The former Rolling Stone contributing editor‘s novel The Last Magazine was posthumously published this week by Blue Rider Press.

The highly regarded journalist was the recipient of a George Polk Award for his Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley McChrystal, published June 22, 2010. Two years later, Hastings wrote for Rolling Stone about Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal, asking whether the Pentagon would leave him behind. Eleven days before his death, he penned an op-ed for BuzzFeed on “Why Democrats Love To Spy On Americans.”

Click on over to the Post for James Rosen‘s review of The Last Magazine, by Michael Hastings, and to BuzzFeed, for an excerpt of the book.

RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

Click through for a list of the evening’s award recipients and here for our list of the top ten comedic fails of the night. Read more

Newseum Rededicates Journalists Memorial at Monday Ceremony

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Monday at the Newseum, its staff and media came together to rededicate its Journalists Memorial in honor of ten journalists who died or were killed in the pursuit of news during 2013. 

“I don’t really think the world is aware of the sacrifices that journalists make,” said Gene Policinski, chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute. ”Not just those who died, but those who are imprisioned, intimidated, beaten, prevented by other means from doing their job, their operations are shut down, and the memorial is a way of taking this hyperexample of those who died, and saying to the world, ‘Think about this for a minute. There’s plenty in journalism to criticize. There’s plenty in journalism to say, it could be better,’ but there’s also an amazing cadre of people around the world who go up against things none of us will face in our regular life, and they do it on a daily basis, or on a weekly or monthly basis. They go out, put themselves in danger, to bring us news and information, and the world needs to be reminded of that every year.” Read more

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