NEW YORK (AP) — Media columnist David Carr, who wrote the Media Equation column for The New York Times and penned a memoir about his fight with drug addiction, collapsed at his office and died. He was 58.
Just hours before his death Thursday, he had moderated a “Times Talks” conversation with Edward Snowden, director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald about the documentary “Citizenfour,” which chronicles Snowden’s leak of National Security Agency documents. Carr, engaged as always, drew them out with pointed questions and wry observations to speak candidly about the film.
The Times’ publisher, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., said Carr had “formidable talent” and was “one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times.” He called him “an indispensable guide to modern media.”
Executive Editor Dean Baquet also heaped praise on Carr and said he was special.
Carr, who grew up in Minnesota, joined The Times in 2002 as a business reporter, covering magazine publishing. His Media Equation column appeared in the Monday business section. It focused on issues of media in relation to business, culture and government, said The Times, which confirmed his death.
Carr also wrote “The Night of the Gun,” a 2008 memoir about addiction and recovery.
The book, published by Simon & Schuster, traces Carr’s rise from cocaine addict to single dad raising twin girls to sobered-up media columnist for the Times.
Carr said he wrote a book proposal “on a dare to myself” in two days. After an agent sold the idea, Carr ended up interviewing about 60 people and working on the book for three years. He took the transcribed interviews, numerous documents and pictures to his family’s cabin in the Adirondacks, where he wrote the book.
In the book, Carr didn’t flinch from describing his arrests (including one for punching a taxi driver), his trips to rehab (five times) and his bout with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Carr’s rise in journalism paralleled his recovery from drug addiction. 쇓