RIP: Denver Post Reporter Colleen O’Connor

“The joke is that all reporters are cynical,” says a former colleague. “I’ve never met someone so genuinely kind.”

Life is precious.

The same world that can offer up such pleasures as the opportunity to spend time with famed journalist and author Gay Talese can then suddenly take it all away. As it did last Wednesday, to Colleen O’Connor, a 60-year-old Now Team reporter with the Denver Post.

At the end of a workday, O’Connor was struck in a crosswalk and killed by a young driver; his blood was drawn and is being tested for drug-alcohol levels. From the Post obituary by former colleague Kevin Simpson:

Political reporter Joey Bunch considered O’Connor one of his closest friends in the newsroom, having started at the Post at about the same time. Last week, they ran into each other by the soda machines and shared thoughts about the future of journalism and their role in it.

“She said something about people like us don’t just belong in journalism, we belong to journalism,” Bunch said. “That was the last conversation we had. Right now she’s working on a feature about why Heaven is heaven.”

“I would envy her style.”

O’Connor, a Southern California native, had been with the paper since 2004. The obituary also includes video of various Post journalists sharing their memories. RIP.

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@hollywoodspin Richard Horgan is co-editor of Fishbowl.
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