David Carr, the 58-year-old respected journalist and media columnist at the New York Times, has died. In just moments prior to his death, Carr was in the midst of conducting a double interview with Oscar-nominated director and producer, Laura Poitras, and award-winning columnist, Glenn Greenwald, about their documentary, Citizenfour, which came out last November.
David Carr Journalist: Life and Death
Memoir Centered on Life in Addiction
The highly successful Carr wasn’t only known as a journalist and media columnist of the Times, but he also wrote some raw truths about his own life. In 2008, he published a memoir entitled, The Night of the Gun, where he disclosed his previous addiction to cocaine. When the memoir first came out, The Times featured a column that gave a synopsis of how drugs took over his life and how he had transformed his thinking. The culture of the 80’s and the toxicity of drug addiction were tackled in the column, as Carr went into a full discussion that included diseases like hepatitis C, dealing with jail time, and homelessness. His publication was written within the time span of three years and is composed of interviews, archives, and a collection of photos. According to the Denver Post, The Night of the Gun reached No. 26 on Amazon by Friday afternoon on February 13, 2015.
Colleagues speak out
Times Executive Editor, Dean Baquet, spoke highly of David Carr, saying he was, “The finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of he leaders of our newsroom … He was our biggest champion, and his unending passion for journalism and for truth will be missed by his family at The Times, by his readers around the world and by people who love journalism.”
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., a publisher at the Times, expressed how Carr had a true, genuine gift when it came to his capabilities. He claims Carr had an “irreplaceable talent” and that the man was “one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times.”
David Carr, Journalist for The New York Times
Ventures and teaching
David Carr’s career with the Times began in 2002, but his previous credentials included having written for The Atlantic and New York Magazine. Prior to his death, and because he was so passionate about involvement with social media, the multi-talented man was actively involved on Twitter, and has almost half a million followers. Being involved was a key aspect to Carr’s life. In the past, Carr taught at Boston University where he took interest in digital journalism. In 2013, Carr expressed to The Boston Globe, “I think a lot of journalism education that is going on is broadly not preparing kids for the world that they are stepping into.”
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