The journalist we lost to deadly Covid-19

Worldwide, more than 114,000 are dead, NBC reports. In the U.S., The New York Times reports, it’s more than 22,000 people.

Those numbers will change. We’ll update them. They’ll still be hard to comprehend.

So as many of us have been taught to do, we’re gathering the stories alongside the numbers. Here, we’re collecting the name of those employed by the media around the world who’ve died because of the coronavirus.

Even with all the precautionary measures taken by on duty journalist, the risk of contracting the virus remains high because of the risky job of nature.

Manuel Sánchez, a journalist in Peru, died. The date of his death and his age were not reported.

Mario Bucana Huamaní, a cameraman in Peru, died. The date of his death and his age were not reported.

José María Riba, who served as the head of Cannes Critic Week, died May 2. He was 68.

Gil Schwartz, formerly CBS’ chief communications officer, died May 2. He was 68.

Miguel Ángel García Tapia, a journalist in Mexico, died May 1. His age was not listed.

Emery Jussier Costa, a journalist in Brazil, died May 1. He was 74. From his

Luiz Marcello de Menezes Bittencourt, a broadcaster in Brazil, died April 30. He was 68.

Ron Hutson, who covered race relations for the Boston Globe, died April 28. He was 72.

Humayun Kabir Khokon, a journalist from Bangladesh, died April 28. He was 47.

Alison Schwartz, director of digital platforms at People Magazine, died April 28. She was 29.

Alejandro Cedillo, a journalist in Mexico, died in late April. He was 40.

Martha Caballero Collí, a journalist in Mexico, died in late April. She was 43.

Zafar Bhatti, a journalist in Pakistan who formerly worked for the Associated Press of Pakistan, died April 27. He was 70. From APP’s remembrance:

He was admired by his colleagues in journalist community and friends for his ever-smiling personality and compassion for others.

Mahmoud Riad Abujabal, head of sports coverage at El Khamis in Egypt, died April 27. He was 42.

Alfredo Menezes, a retired sports editor in Brazil, died April 27. He was 72.

Roberto Augusto dos Santos, a journalist in Brazil, died April 25. He was 69.

Gunnar Seijbold, a photojournalist in Sweden, died April 25. He was 65.

Roberto Fernandes, a journalist in Brazil, died April 22. He was 61.

Roberto Fernandes, a journalist in Brazil, died April 22. He was 61.

Robson Thiago Mesquita, a camera operator in Brazil, died April 21. His age was not listed.

José María Calleja, a journalist in Spain, died April 21. He was 64.

Robert Fresco, a retired reporter who worked for Newsday, died April 20. He was 78. From Newsday’s story:

Richard Sanders, a former broadcaster with BBC Radio 4, died April 20. He was 62.

Renan Antunes, a journalist in Brazil, died April 19. He was 71.

Omar Salvatierra, a broadcast journalist in Ecuador, died April 17. His age was not listed. From El Universo’s remembrance:

Omar Salvatierra was remembered as a server with high esteem and always radiating joy in his activities on local radio I99.

Brian Hood, a former evening Standard Editor in the United Kingdom, died April 15. He was 67. From the Evening Standard’s story:

The horse-racing fanatic began his career in journalism on the Clitheroe Advertiser and Blackpool Gazette. He would go on to work in Hong Kong for the South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal before freelancing for most of the Fleet Street papers.

Mariahé Pabón, a Venezuelan journalist based in Miami, died April 15. She was 90. From Diario Las Americas story:

In the extensive list of personalities interviewed by Pabón, the soccer player Alfredo Di Stefano and the dictator Fidel Castro stand out.

Fernando Alban, a former cameraman in Ecuador, died April 15. His age was not listed.

José Augusto Nascimento Silva, a journalist with SBT Television in Brazil, died April 13. He was 57.

Augusto Itúrburu, a sports reporter with El Telegrafo newspaper in Ecuador, died in mid-April. He was 40.

Anthony Causi, a photojournalist with the New York Post, died April 12. He was 48.

Theodore Gaffney, a photojournalist, died April 12. He was 92.

Michael W.R. Davis, author, historian and American journalist, died April 11. He was 88.

Hannes Schopf, who served as general secretary and press spokesman for the Association of Austrian Newspapers and an editor before retirement, died April 10. He was 72.

Roberto Roman, a sports broadcaster in Ecuador, died April 9. His age was not listed.

Luis Alberto Flores, a sports broadcaster with Radio la Red in Ecuador, died April 8. His age was not listed. 

Firas Zaghez, a photojournalist in Algeria, died April 8. His age was not listed.

Mohamed Baghdad, a retired journalist in Algeria, died April 8. He was 79.

Kumiko Okae, an actress and TV host in Japan, died April 6. She was 63. 

Omar Paredes, a driver for journalists with Expreso newspaper in Ecuador, died on April 6. His age was not listed.

Brahm Kanchibotla, U.S. correspondent for United News of India, died April 5. He was 66.

Anick Jesdanun, the Associated Press’ deputy technology editor, died April 2. He was 51. 

Ricardo Gutierrez Aparicio, a journalist in Peru, died April 1. His age was not listed.

Stuart Goodman, a photo editor who worked for several newspapers in the United Kingdom, died March 2. He was 72. 

Anastasia Petrova, editor, Business Interest in Russia, died March 31. She was 36. 

René Rodríguez Soriano, a journalist from the Dominican Republic who lived in the U.S., died March 31. His age was not listed. 

Mark Eckert, business executive, Mahoning Matters, Youngstown, Ohio, died of the coronavirus, according to a March 30 story from editor Mark Sweetwood. Eckert’s age wasn’t listed. On April 13, Sweetwood wrote about a project Eckert worked on before his death to honor people in town who make a difference. 

A Hai Swapan, a photojournalist with Daily Manabzamin in Bangladesh, died March 30. His age wasn’t reported.

Ángel Sánchez, previously a reporter in Ecuador, died March 30. He was 56. 

Manuel Adolfo Varas, a sports broadcaster for Radio Caravana in Ecuador, died March 30. He was 76.

Maria Mercader, a journalist with the CBS News in the U.S., died of the coronavirus, CBS News reported on March 29. She was 54.

Zororo Makamba, a broadcast journalist in Zimbabwe died of the coronavirus, the BBC reported March 29. He was 30 and Zimbabwe’s first coronavirus death. 

Lauro Freitas Filho, an editor with the newspaper Monitor Mercantil, died March 28. He was 61.

Henri Tincq, a journalist in France, died March 28. He was 74.

Laila Tarzaim, a journalist in Morocco, died March 27. She was 38.  

Dominique Aliziou, a journalist in Togo, died March 27. He was Togo’s first coronavirus death.

Víctor Hugo Peña, news coordinator of Ecuavisa in Ecuador, died March 27.

Olmedo Méndez Tacur, a reporter at Radio Universal de Guayaquil in Ecuador, died March 25. His age was not listed. 

Alan Finder, a retired reporter and editor at The New York Times who still worked part time, died on March 24. 

Abdollah Zavieh, a journalist in Iran, died March 24. His age was not listed. 

José María Candela, a sports journalist in Spain, died March 20. He was 59.

Tomás Díaz-Valdés, a sports journalist in Spain, died March 20. He was 77.

Larry Edgeworth, an NBC News employee, died March 19. He was 61. From Erik Ortiz’ story on Edgeworth, who worked in the equipment room at NBC’s headquarters and, before that, spent 25 years as an audio technician.

Jean-Michel Denis, a journalist in France, died March 16. He was 70.

Paul Tobar, a journalist in Ecuador, died of the coronavirus. The date of his death and his age weren’t listed. 

Carlos Loor, a journalist in Ecuador, died of the coronavirus. The date of his death and his age weren’t listed.

Rosendo Escobar Cardenas,  a journalist in Ecuador, died of the coronavirus. The date of his death and his age weren’t listed. 

Carlos Pinzón, a journalist from Colombia, died. The date was not listed. He was 92. 

Raffaele Masto, a journalist in Italy, died. The date was not listed. He was 66.

Paolo Micai, a journalist and cameraman in Italy, died in March, He was 60.

Adam Alsing, a radio and television journalist in Sweden, died. The date was not listed. He was 51. 

Azucena Romaní Tafur, a journalist in Peru, died. The date and her age were not listed.

Gulshan Ewing, a retired Indian journalist and editor, died. The date was not listed. She was 92. 

Stefano Montomoli, an Italian journalist, died. He was 69.

The Guardian reports at least 20 journalists in Peru have died from the coronavirus.

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