Sara Fritz, a groundbreaking journalist, leader of journalism professional organizations, and friend, died of complications following surgery, October 16 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. Fritz served as president of the Fund for Investigative Journalism and served on its board for six years. Her professional accomplishments and personal advocacy for suicide prevention in honor of her son are reported in an obituary published in The Washington Post. Fritz was 68 years old.
Fritz is remembered by her colleagues on the Fund’s board for her “immense dedication and passion for the Fund and for journalism,” said Brant Houston, board president. “She was a terrific reporter and a great human being. She will be deeply missed.”
A service to celebrate Sara’s life was held November 19 at the Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, during which she was remembered as a mother, sister, colleague, and friend. A tribute written by her husband, Jim Kidney, called her simply “an astonishment.”