MONTCLAIR, NJ – NY Times Columnist and Montclair resident, David Carr passed away at 58. Born on September 8, 1956, Carr died on February 12 after collapsing in the New York Times newsroom. He leaves to mourn his wife Jill Rooney Carr and 3 daughters.
Carr is most known for writing the Media Equation column and for covering culture for The New York Times.
Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Carr grew up in the Minnetonka suburb with his three brothers and three sisters to parents Joan Laura Carr (née O'Neill), a local community leader, and John Lawrence Carr.
After attending the University of Minnesota where he majored in Psychology and journalism, Carr’s first job was at the alternative weekly Twin Cities Reader in the 1980s. Later becoming editor of the Twin Cities Reader and the Washington City Paper, Carr moved on to other journalist ventures by later writing extensively about the media for The Atlantic Monthly and New York.
In 2002, Carr was hired by the New York Times as a cultural reporter. He also authored The New York Times Carpetbagger blog and remained at the Times until his death.
For a period in his life, Carr battled drug addiction and wrote about it in his 2008 memoir, The Night of the Gun. Excerpts from the memoir were featured in the New York Times Magazine where he detailed his past experiences with cocaine addiction.
For a short stint in 2014, Carr was named the Lack Professor of Media Studies at Boston University. In this part-time position, Carr taught a class on contemporary and entrepreneurial journalism called "Press Play: Making and distributing content in the present future.
Carr was a survivor of Hodgkin's lymphoma and died on February 12, 2015, after collapsing in the The New York Times newsroom. According to officials from the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in New York City, Carr died of complications from metastatic lung cancer (metastatic small cell neuroendocrine carcinoma). Autopsy reports also showed heart disease as a contributing cause of death.