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On the Rewards of Writing Obits

Why the dead beat doesn’t have to be a dead end

Jim Sheeler / Credit: Annie O’Neill, Case Western Reserve University

Reporters tend to see the obit desk as the penal colony of the newsroom, a place you get banished to by unforgiving editors. But the dead beat doesn’t have to be a dead end. A reporter who proved it was Jim Sheeler, whose obituaries for the Rocky Mountain News became a…

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Janice Harayda

Janice Harayda

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Critic, novelist, award-winning journalist. Former book columnist for Glamour and book editor of The Plain Dealer.