Thursday, May 17, 2007

Lauren Terrazzano, 1968-2007


Lauren Terrazzano, a Newsday reporter and columnist with whom I worked briefly at The (Boston University) Daily Free Press, died Tuesday from lung cancer. She was 39.

Lauren was part of the Newsday team of reporters who won the 1997 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting for their coverage of the crash of TWA Flight 800. At Newsday, she met her husband of 14 months, Al Baker, who currently works for The New York Times.

At the college newspaper, she served as an Assistant News Editor, covering campus issues. "I remember working with Lauren during those many long, late nights at the Freep," said former Daily Free Press editor John Madden. "She was a creative and skilled writer and a hard-working and meticulous editor -- just an all-around quality person (not to mention fun)."

Obituaries: Newsday. Associated Press. NYT Internal Memorandum.

Articles about Lauren: "Too Young For This: Facing Cancer Under 40." NYT Wedding Announcement.

Lauren's recent columns are here.

Lauren's TWA Flight 800 reporting cannot be directly linked. Her work can be read on the Pulitzer Prize website (scroll to and press "1997" at the top of the frame, press "Spot News Reporting," press "Works").

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have a facebook page for Lauren, In Memory of Lauren Terrazzano

11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For every teary-eyed, sanguine tribute I've read about this woman, I am fascinated as to why some don't just break from tradition and speak some ill truth: she never gave a shit about ANYONE who had cancer (like most of us) until it happened to her. If she weren't such an ignoble scribe, she'd have written about it BEFORE it hit home in such a personal way. One of her greatest boasts in her youth was how she had two goals in life: to win a Pulitzer and write a book.

Well, she achieved both goals in equally questionable ways; her book is perhaps the best example, and most emblematic of what's wrong with modern journalism and its practitioners: "Forget the PEOPLE I'm covering, this is all about ME."

"ME ME ME and MY mortality" is what her self-aggrandizing tome should've been titled.

But never mind that. Why doesn't anyone among her so-called colleagues write about how she bigfooted fellow journalists out of jobs? That she went so far as to sideswipe the work of immediate colleagues just to advance her own career/byline? Shameful.

Was she a model of hard-nosed ambition? Well sure, if you consider being a ladder-climbing two-faced backstabber a necessary part of the racket.

Most laughably is how the AP's obit declares Miss Terrazzano as "tough but compassionate." It should have included a parenthetical footnote: "except to anyone who stood in her way, especially fellow struggling journalists, about whom she never gave a flying fuck ... unless, of course, it benefitted her."

And yes - I'm glad she's dead.

Signed,

a journalist & former colleague
(regrettably) of Lauren Terrazzano

5:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For every teary-eyed, sanguine tribute I've read about this woman, I am fascinated as to why some don't just break from tradition and speak some ill truth: she never gave a shit about ANYONE who had cancer (like most of us) until it happened to her. If she weren't such an ignoble scribe, she'd have written about it BEFORE it hit home in such a personal way. One of her greatest boasts in her youth was how she had two goals in life: to win a Pulitzer and write a book.

Well, she achieved both goals in equally questionable ways; her book is perhaps the best example, and most emblematic of what's wrong with modern journalism and its practitioners: "Forget the PEOPLE I'm covering, this is all about ME."

"ME ME ME and MY mortality" is what her self-aggrandizing tome should've been titled.

But never mind that. Why doesn't anyone among her so-called colleagues write about how she bigfooted fellow journalists out of jobs? That she went so far as to sideswipe the work of immediate colleagues just to advance her own career/byline? Shameful.

Was she a model of hard-nosed ambition? Well sure, if you consider being a ladder-climbing two-faced backstabber a necessary part of the racket.

Most laughably is how the AP's obit declares Miss Terrazzano as "tough but compassionate." It should have included a parenthetical footnote: "except to anyone who stood in her way, especially fellow struggling journalists, about whom she never gave a flying fuck ... unless, of course, it benefitted her."

And yes - I'm glad she's dead.

Signed,

a journalist & former colleague
(regrettably) of Lauren Terrazzano

5:30 AM  

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