Washington Post reporter Darran Simon found dead in his apartment
Washington Post reporter Darran Simon was found dead in his apartment on Thursday.(Twitter)
Washington Post reporter Darran Simon was found dead in his apartment Thursday, according to a memo sent by one the newspaper’s top editors.
No cause of death has been announced.
Simon, who covered D.C. government and politics, had recently joined the newspaper, after working as a senior news writer for CNN.
“He made an immediate impact on his arrival,” wrote Tracy Grant, the newspaper’s managing editor for staff development and standards. “He proved himself to be dogged, as when asking Mayor Bowser questions at her daily press briefings, and deeply humane, as when he told the story of a former ‘Jeopardy’ contestant who died of COVID-19.”
Prior to CNN, he worked for papers including The Philadelphia Inquirer, New York’s Newsday, the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and the Miami Herald.
At The Washington Post, Simon was in charge of several coronavirus stories, “in large part because he worked so well with everyone and because he was a clear and fluid writer.”
Fellow D.C. city government reporter Fenit Nirappil tweeted that he was “heartbroken by the sudden death of my colleague Darran Simon,” whom he described as “a kind co-worker” and a “wonderful storyteller.”
S. Mitra Kalita, who worked with Simon at CNN, wrote that the last conversation the two shared was “about doing journalism better.”
Her “most cherished memory of Darran was his compassion.”
Sarah Glover, the former president of the National Association of Black Journalists, called him “a bright light gone too soon.”
“We are deeply saddened to share that our friend and colleague Darran Simon passed away yesterday,” the leadership of the Post Guild said in a note sent to its members. “We know this tragic news is difficult to absorb, especially at a time when we are under so much strain,” the guild continued, offering help for people who might need it.
“No story or work assignment is more important than you and your wellbeing,” it added.