Journalists mourn and remember writer and mentor David Carr

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Members of the journalism community were shocked on Thursday by the sudden loss of David Carr, 58, a renowned New York Times media columnist who collapsed suddenly in the newsroom around 9 pm. He was pronounced dead at a hospital later that night.

In a letter to staff, the Times’ executive editor Dean Baquet described Carr as “the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of the newsroom.” Baquet continued:

[Carr] 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.

To remember Carr, the Times and other news outlets posted obituaries celebrating his frank discussion of his struggles with addiction, his keen media criticism and his star turn in Page One, where he sharply told…

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