Eugene Kim, Veteran AP Writer of Today in History, Dies
WASHINGTON - Eugene Kim, a broadcast writer and editor for The Associated Press who for 34 years wrote the AP's Today In History feature used by newspapers and broadcasters around the country, has died. He was 61.
Kim, a graduate of Syracuse University, began his AP career in New York in 1981 after working as a news reporter at radio stations in Connecticut. He moved to Washington in 1983 when the AP relocated its broadcast wire operation there.
In 1984, he became the writer of Today in History, the daily feature that includes a capsule summary of significant events that took place on that date.
Kim was known among colleagues for his diligence in researching items for Today in History, and his determination to make sure that every item was complete and accurate. In the days before the internet, he would spend hours at a time at the Library of Congress to pin down names, places and dates. Colleagues were often able to rely on his encyclopedic knowledge to fill in gaps on stories they were writing. They also remembered Kim as unflappable, with a wry sense of humor.
Greg Peppers, executive producer for AP Radio, said Kim would "go the extra mile" to confirm details in Today in History. He said Kim "took each line of it and made it his own." Peppers described Kim as a "quiet, steadfast presence on the broadcast wire desk."
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2018/06/28/us/politics/ap-us-obit-eugene-kim.html
Capital Gazette shooting victim Rob Hiaasen: A joyful stylist, a generous mentor
Rob Hiaasen once wrote a description of his ideal job: “I would like to be paid for the occasional amusing remark or for simply showing up promptly to work and bringing in cookies from time to time,” he wrote a colleague. “Alas, there's no market for those outstanding qualities.”
But he was wrong. His wryly observant writing style and his generous mentoring of young journalists assured him of roles in several newsrooms, from The Baltimore Sun to, most recently, the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, where he was one of five staff members shot to death Thursday.
Hiaasen, 59, celebrated his 33rd wedding anniversary last week with Maria Hiaasen, a former journalist who teaches English at Dulaney High School. Thursday was her 58th birthday.
The couple married after a whirlwind courtship five months after their first date. The Timonium man became known as “Big Rob” during the high school years of their children, Ben, 29, an attorney in Towson; Samantha, 27, an assistant manager of the Barnes & Noble at the Inner Harbor; and Hannah, 26, an artist who works at a furnishings store in New York, Maria Hiaasen said.
“He was a tall man, 6-foot-5, but he was a giant not just in stature but in character,” she said. “He was just the best husband.”
“He loves words, he loves humor,” she said. “He loved journalism, he loved helping those young writers at the Gazette.”
Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-rob-hiaasen-20180628-story.html
Capital Gazette shooting victim Gerald Fischman: Clever and quirky voice of a community newspaper
The first time Gerald Fischman applied for a job at The Capital, the editor passed him over.
Fischman’s personality was so quiet and withdrawn that it hid the brilliant mind, wry wit and “wicked pen” that his colleagues would treasure.
For more than 25 years, Fischman was the conscience and voice of the Annapolis news organization, writing scathing, insightful and always exacting editorials about the community.
He was the guardian against libel, the arbiter of taste and a peculiar and endearing figure in a newsroom full of characters.
“He had ability that, I thought, deserved a higher calling than The Capital,” longtime editor and publisher Tom Marquardt said.
“He was a great writer. He was a really smart guy, so smart that he tried out for Jeopardy twice,” Marquardt said. “But he couldn’t get accepted because they didn’t like his personality. That was Gerald’s spin, anyway.”
Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-gerald-fischman-20180628-story.html
Capital Gazette shooting victim John McNamara: Sports reporting was his dream job
John McNamara was toiling as a news copy editor at the Capital Gazette when he left to pursue his dream: sports reporting.
He honed his skills at the Prince George’s Journal, a competitor to the Annapolis news organization. Within a few years, the Capital Gazette hired him back. He would work there for nearly 24 years.
McNamara, 56, was one of five staff members who was shot to death at the Capital Gazette on Thursday.
McNamara, who went by “Mac,” was remembered by his colleagues for his flexibility, concise writing and extensive knowledge of regional sports. He had a razor wit that came in bursts like a social media post, one fellow reporter said.
“At a small paper like that, you have to be versatile,” said former Capital Gazette sports editor Gerry Jackson, who hired him back all those years ago. “He could write. He could edit. He could design pages. He was just a jack of all trades and a fantastic person.”
Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-john-mcnamara-20180628-story.html
Capital Gazette shooting victim Wendi Winters: A prolific writer who chronicled her community
Wendi Winters spent a dozen years writing her way into the Capital Gazette newsroom.
After a career in fashion and public relations in New York City, the 65-year-old mother of four moved to Maryland 20 years ago and began stringing for the Annapolis news organization. She soon built a reputation as a prolific freelance reporter and well-known community resource.
The Edgewater woman was one of five Capital Gazette staff members killed in the shootings Thursday.
Her daughter Winters Geimer said the family was gathering late Thursday.
“My mother was a wonderful woman and a fantastic reporter,” Geimer said. “Her life was a gift to everyone who knew her and the world will not be the same without her. We are grieving and trying to make sure all of us can be together to celebrate the life of our mother.”
Leslie Hunt, a former Capital Gazette community news editor, said Winters had a talent for connecting with the community and documenting people’s achievements and important local events.
She was “dedicated and loved the work,” Hunt said. “She loves the news business.”
Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-wendi-winters-20180628-story.html
Capital Gazette shooting victim Rebecca Smith: Recent hire loved spending time with family
Rebecca Smith was a recent hire at the Capital Gazette but had already proved herself a valuable asset.
Smith, 34, a sales assistant, worked in the news organization’s office in Annapolis. She was one of the five people who were shot and killed Thursday afternoon.
Her boss, Capital Gazette advertising director Marty Padden, said she made sure the sales office ran smoothly.
“She was a very thoughtful person,” Padden said. “She was kind and considerate, and willing to help when needed. She seemed to really enjoy to be working in the media business.”
Smith described herself on her Facebook page as an “Endo Warrior” — a survivor of endometriosis — and a “Dog Mom. Softball Fiance. Bonus Mom to the best kid ever.”
Alleged Annapolis Capital shooter Jarrod Ramos had long-running feud with paper
Padden said Smith joined the Capital Gazette after working in marketing for a health care organization. She grew up in the Baltimore area and once told Padden she was a “first-class” field hockey player in high school.
Read more: http://www.capitalgazette.com/news/annapolis/bs-md-ar-rebecca-smith-20180628-story.html
The Alexander City (Ala.) Outlook editor Sneed dies at 57
Outlook Editor Mitch Sneed passed away Sunday night as a result of injuries sustained in a Saturday morning automobile accident.
A Ford F150 driven by Sneed, 57, was struck from behind by a Honda Accord at the intersection of Highway 280 and Highway 63.
“Mr. Sneed was stopped at the time of the collision,” Alexander City Deputy Police Chief James Easterwood said. “His vehicle was pushed into the intersection.”
The rear bumper of Sneed’s truck was pushed under the crushed bed of the truck.
Sneed was airlifted to UAB Hospital for treatment Saturday morning before succumbing to his injuries Sunday evening about 8:30 p.m.
The Honda Accord sustained major damage to the front of the car and the driver sustained minor injuries.
Easterwood would not speculate as to the cause of the accident.
Read more: https://www.alexcityoutlook.com/2018/07/01/sneed-injured-in-two-vehicle-accident-saturday-morning/
Alan Diaz, AP photographer behind Elian image, dies at 71
MIAMI (AP) - Retired Associated Press photojournalist Alan Diaz, whose photo of a terrified 6-year-old Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez earned him the Pulitzer Prize, has died. He was 71.
Diaz's daughter, Aillette Rodriguez-Diaz, confirmed that he died Tuesday. The cause of death wasn't immediately known.
"He was the king of the family," Rodriguez-Diaz said. "He cared about all of his friends and colleagues. His life was photography and my mother."
Diaz's wife, Martha, died nearly two years ago.
Diaz's iconic image shows an armed U.S. immigration agent confronting the boy in the Little Havana home where he lived with relatives after being found floating off the Florida coast.
"Alan Diaz captured, in his iconic photographs, some of the most important moments of our generation - the bitter, violent struggle over the fate of a small Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez, the magnified eye of a Florida election official trying to make sense of hanging chads and disputed ballots in the 2000 presidential election," AP executive editor Sally Buzbee said.
"He was gravelly-voiced and kindhearted, generous with his expertise. And like all great photographers, he was patient. He was able to wait for the moment."
Read more: https://www.apnews.com/9931d6db36284794bce44974447e1607/Alan-Diaz,-AP-photographer-behind-Elian-image,-dies-at-71