'Intelligent discontent is the mainspring of civilization.' -- Eugene V. Debs

Saturday, June 02, 2007

Steve Gilliard, Dead at 41 

Bad news:

Steve Gilliard, 1966-2007

It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog (www.thenewsblog.net), passed away early this morning. He was 41.

To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.

We will post more information as it becomes available to us.

Please keep Steve's friends and family in your thoughts and prayers.

Steve meant so much to us. We will miss him terribly.

-- the news blog team

I posted frequently on Steve's blog, and interviewed him twice on the radio, KDVS 90.3 FM. He was generous with his time, opinions and knowledge, and charmingly cantankerous. He was, as I posted here after learning of the severity of his condition, a man of integrity. He played an admirable role in pioneering the use of the Interent for unfettered political discourse, and spoke with an unprecedented candor about race relations in this country. He was a strong African American voice in a medium that has historically lacked them. A tremendous loss of a man who showed us how to create community in cyberspace.

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