David Michael Carr, 1956 - 2015

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Born: 8 September 1956, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Died: 15 February 2015, Manhattan, New York

Carr, one of seven children, grew up at Hopkins, a Minneapolis suburb, with his father John, a haberdasher with a history of alcoholism, and his mother Joan, a school teacher. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, majoring in psychology and journalism; he later said it took seven years and two "not-particularly-distinguished schools". After cleaning himself up later and attempting to return to serious journalism he called the school to confirm that he actually had graduated. He worked at the alternative weekly Twin City Reader, then Washington City Paper, before moving to New York. While still in Minnesota Carr developed a serious crack cocaine addiction. He moved in with Anna, his dealer, and fathered twin girls; before their first birthday he found the strength to grab the twins, get them in foster care, and enter rehab. He wrote about media for inside.com and contributed to The Atlantic Monthly and New York Magazine before landing at The New York Times in 2002 to cover the magazine industry. His 2008 memoir The Night of the Gun details some of the painful reality of an addict's life but also explored how our memories of life events can shift in our minds until they are the opposite of the memories of others that shared those events. As of 2014 he was a professor of Media Studies at Boston University teaching "Press Play: Making and distributing content in the present future." Carr collapsed in the newsroom at the Times after leading a panel discussion, the cause of death was found to be lung cancer complicated by heart disease. He had earlier battled Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Biography from Wikipedia and The New York Times obituary

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