Matthew Power

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Matthew "Matt" Power (October 22, 1974 – March 10, 2014) was an American journalist.


Early life and education[edit]

Power was born October 22, 1974, in Middlebury, Vermont and grew up in nearby Cornwall. His mother was Jane Steele, his father was John Power, and he had two sisters, Julie Ruppert and Elizabeth Robison.[1]

Power studied at Middlebury College[1] and at Columbia University. He left Columbia before graduating to intern at Harper's Magazine.[2]

Personal life[edit]

At the time he died, Power lived in Brooklyn, New York and was married to Jessica Benko.[1][3]


Power worked both as a print and broadcast journalist. His work appeared in such periodicals as GQ,[4] Harper's Magazine,[5] Men's Journal, National Geographic,[6] and The New York Times.[7] His articles were also collected in annual anthologies such as Best American Travel Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing, and he was a three-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in international reporting.[1] Additionally, WNYC noted Power "was considered one of the most vibrant, young voices in public radio".[8]


Power died in Uganda on March 10, 2014,[2] at age 39, while working on an assignment for Men's Journal. He had been accompanying British explorer Levison Wood, who was trekking along the Nile in a year-long attempt to become the first person to walk the length of that river, when Power unexpectedly suffered from severe heatstroke while walking in the bush and died within hours before help could arrive. Daily Mail reports: "The expedition had recently reached Murchinson Falls National Park [sic], in what Wood had described on his Facebook page as a 'real test of endurance' ".[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Noam Cohen (March 11, 2014). "Matthew Power, Wide-Roving Journalist, Dies at 39". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c Jerreat, Jessica (11 March 2014). "American travel journalist Matthew Power, 39, dies suddenly while on assignment in Uganda". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Siegel, Harry (March 11, 2014). "Matthew Power, storyteller". New York Daily News. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Mike Benoist (March 11, 2014). "In Memoriam: Journalist Matthew Power's Compassionate Storytelling". GQ. 
  5. ^ "Matthew Power". Harpers Magazine. 
  6. ^ Maniscalco, Giacomo (November 18, 2006). "Prospect Heights journalist recounts triumphs and terrors of five-week-long motorcycle trek". The Brooklyn Paper. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Matthew Power (1974-2014)". Men's Journal. Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Specials: Re:Sound: The Matt Power Show". WNYC. July 17, 2014. 

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