David Carr (journalist)

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David Carr
David Carr at the 2013 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival
Born David Michael Carr
(1956-09-08)September 8, 1956
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Died February 12, 2015(2015-02-12) (aged 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Writer, columnist, author
Years active 1980s–2015
Employer The New York Times
Spouse(s) Jill Rooney Carr
Children 3

David Michael Carr (September 8, 1956[1] – February 12, 2015) was an American writer, columnist, and author. He wrote the Media Equation column and covered culture for The New York Times.[2]

Early life[edit]

Carr was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Joan Laura Carr (née O'Neill), a local community leader, and John Lawrence Carr.[1][3] He had three brothers and three sisters[3] and grew up in the suburb of Minnetonka. He attended the University of Wisconsin–River Falls and the University of Minnesota, majoring in psychology and journalism.[4][5]

Career[edit]

In the early 1980s, Carr got his first job at the alternative weekly Twin Cities Reader[6] where he became its editor. He also edited the Washington City Paper. He wrote extensively about the media for The Atlantic Monthly and New York.[7]

He joined The New York Times in 2002, where he was a cultural reporter and wrote The New York Times Carpetbagger blog.[8] He was known for his plainspoken style that was often blunt, while being "searingly honest about himself."[9] He remained at The New York Times until his death.[7][10]

In his 2008 memoir, The Night of the Gun, Carr detailed his experiences with cocaine addiction and included interviews with people from his past, tackling his memoir as if he were reporting on himself.[11] The memoir was excerpted in The New York Times Magazine.[12]

Carr was credited for launching Lena Dunham's career and was described by Gawker's John Koblin as the "Daddy" of TV series Girls.[13]

He was featured prominently in the 2011 documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times, where he was shown interviewing staff from Vice, whom Carr called out for their lack of journalistic knowledge.[14] The article about Vice was noteworthy for its clear conflict between new online journalism and traditional journalism.[15]

In 2014, he was named the Lack Professor of Media Studies at Boston University, a part-time position where he taught a class on contemporary and entrepreneurial journalism called Press Play: Making and distributing content in the present future.[16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Carr divorced his first wife, Kimberly, in 1986.[18] In 1988, he had twin daughters, Erin and Meagan, with a former girlfriend named Anna.[12] The couple lost custody of the children, who went into foster care until Carr went through rehab and gained custody of the girls.[12]

He married his second wife, Jill L. Rooney, in 1994;[19] the couple had one child, a daughter, Maddie.[20] He described himself as a church-going Roman Catholic.[21] He resided in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and three daughters.[20]

Carr had previously battled Hodgkin's lymphoma, and reported developing his hoarse speaking voice during his coverage of the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.[21]

He died on February 12, 2015, after collapsing in the The New York Times newsroom.[2][22][23] He had been diagnosed with pneumonia, and died of complications from metastatic lung cancer (metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma). He was transported to St. Luke's–Roosevelt Hospital, where he later died.[24][25] The autopsy showed heart disease was a contributing cause of his death.[24]

Publications[edit]

Notable appearances[edit]

  • 2008: Carr discussing The Night of the Gun, Olssen's Books & Records, Washington, D.C., "Book TV," C-SPAN 2.[26]
  • 2013: IAmA columnist and reporter on media and culture for the New York Times.[27]
  • 2014: Commemcement Address to the Class of 2014.[28]
  • 2011 Page One: Inside the New York Times

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "David Michael Carr - Minnesota, Birth Index". familysearch.org. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Weber, Bruce; Southhall, Ashley (February 12, 2015). "David Carr, Media Equation Columnist for The Times, Is Dead at 58". The New York Times. Retrieved February 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Her, Lucy Y. (June 18, 1999). "Obituaries: Joan O'Neill Carr, 71, Hopkins community leader". StarTribune. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ Sorkin, Aaron (June 15, 2011). "Culture: David Carr". Interview. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2015/02/13/what-david-carr-told-me-about-standardized-testing-and-his-unconventional-schooling/
  6. ^ "David Carr". Cityfile New York. Archived from the original on September 12, 2008. Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b Mai-Duc, Christine; Duvoisin, Marc (February 13, 2015). "David Carr dies at 58; sharp, irreverent New York Times writer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ Handy, Bruce (August 10, 2008). "His Dark Material". The New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Quotable David Carr". The New York Times. February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  10. ^ Scott, A.O. (February 13, 2015). "Media; An Appraisal: David Carr, a Journalist at the Center of the Sweet Spot". The New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  11. ^ Elliott, Stephen. "Q&A with David Carr, 'Night of the Gun' author". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c Carr, David (July 20, 2008). "Me and My Girls". The New York Times. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  13. ^ Koblin, John. "How David Carr Became the Daddy of Girls". Gawker. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  14. ^ Holmes, Jack (February 13, 2015). "David Carr Takes 'Vice' To School". The Daily Beast. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  15. ^ Carr, David. "The Media Equation: Inviting In a Brash Outsider". The New York Times. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ Surmacz, Jonathan (February 13, 2015). "David Carr, 1956–2015: COM prof and New York Times columnist dies unexpectedly". BU Today (Boston University). Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  17. ^ Carr, David (August 4, 2014). "Press Play: Making and distributing content in the present future we are living through." (WEBSITE FOR BOSTON UNIVERSITY COURSE). Medium. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Kimberly J Carr - Minnesota, Divorce Index". FamilySearch. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  19. ^ "David M Carr mentioned in the record of David M Carr and Jill L Rooney". FamilySearch. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ a b "Times Topics: People David Carr". The New York Times. 2011. Retrieved July 19, 2011. 
  21. ^ a b Gross, Terry (October 27, 2011). "David Carr: A Media Omnivore Discusses His Diet" (AUDIO INTERVIEW). Fresh Air (NPR). Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  22. ^ "Remembering David Carr". The New York Times. February 13, 2015. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  23. ^ Mencimer, Stephanie (February 13, 2015). "Missing David Carr: What the hell do we do now?". Mother Jones. Retrieved February 16, 2015. 
  24. ^ a b Slotnick, Daniel E. (February 14, 2015). "Autopsy Cites Cancer as Cause in Death of Times Reporter". The New York Times. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 
  25. ^ Barlow, Rich. "David Carr: A Will to Excel and to Connect with Others". Bostonia. Boston University. Retrieved February 20, 2015. 
  26. ^ http://www.c-span.org/video/?281214-1/david-carr-19562015
  27. ^ IAmA columnist and reporter on media and culture for the New York Times, David Carr IAmA, reddit.com; accessed February 16, 2015.
  28. ^ David Carr Commemcement Address to the Class of 2014, UC Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism (includes transcript); accessed February 16, 2015.

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