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Earlier in the day on Thursday, he moderated a panel with
Citizenfour subject Edward Snowden and director Laura Poitras.
Announcing the news to staff, Times executive editor Dean Baquet wrote, “He was the finest media reporter of his generation, a remarkable and funny man who was one of the leaders of our newsroom. He was our biggest champion, and his unending passion for journalism and for truth will be missed by his family at The Times, by his readers around the world, and by people who love journalism.”
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Carr began working at The Times in 2002. His regular Media Equation column was read by many, and Carr often had the authoritative take on the top stories driving the news cycle for the media industry. He played a prominent role as a subject in the documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times, where he represented the veteran counterpoint to then-Times writer Brian Stelter.
He was the author of the 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun, which explored his road from cocaine addiction to recovery. Before joining The Times, he worked as contributing writer for The Atlantic Monthly and New York Magazine. He also served as media writer for Inside.com in 2000.
Before coming to New York, he spent five years as editor of the Washington D.C. alternative weekly Washington City Paper. Prior to that, he served as editor of the Minneapolis alternative weekly, The Twin Cities Reader.
He is survived by his wife, Jill Rooney Carr; their daughter, Maddie; and his twin daughters, Erin and Meagan.
A funeral for the columnist is set for Tuesday morning at St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue at 10:00 am. There will be a viewing at Frank Campbell on Monday evening 7-9 pm.
His final interview, conducted Thursday, is below.
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