Some of the many journalists inspired, goaded and mentored by David Carr gathered at Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center Monday night to remember the New York Times media columnist, who died Feb. 12. WBUR hosted the event, which had originally been planned with Carr himself as the second installment of our event series “Fast Forward.”
Jill Abramson, the former Times executive editor who broke news with Carr at the first Fast Forward event, noted how eerie it was to return to the same stage without him. But she resisted any attempt to paint him as a larger-than-life saint.
“He was not Walter Lippmann,” Abramson said. “He was a really great reporter who covered the hell out of the area he knew best about.”
Moderated by Radio Open Source host Christopher Lydon and introduced by WBUR General Manager Charlie Kravetz, the discussion also featured Atlantic national correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates and MIT’s Seth Mnookin. Both credited Carr with helping them early in their careers and holding them to high professional standards. Just as important, they said, was his support and friendship in their lives outside work.
“He was my friend and I adored him. Like terribly,” Coates said. “And he’s gone.”
Pyxis Productions filmed the event for WBUR. Here’s the full video: