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Bryan Monroe, longtime journalist and former CNNPolitics.com editor, dies at 55

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Bryan Monroe, a journalism professor and former CNNPolitics.com editor who once headed the National Association of Black Journalists and helped guide the Biloxi Sun Herald to a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, has died. He was 55.

(CNN)Bryan Monroe, a journalism professor and former CNNPolitics. com editor who once headed the National Association of Black Journalists and helped guide the Biloxi Sun Herald to a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Katrina, has died.

Monroe died Wednesday morning of a heart attack at his home in Bethesda, Maryland, where he lived with family, according to Suzanne Malveaux, a longtime friend and CNN national correspondent.

"He liked to connect people who were in different worlds -- whether it was the media world, Hollywood, journalism, academia," Malveaux told CNN.

In a long journalism career that included stints as vice president and editorial director at Ebony and Jet magazine and assistant vice president of news at Knight Ridder Newspapers, Monroe conducted the first post-election interview with former President Barack Obama.

Sam Feist, CNN's Washington bureau chief and senior vice president, said he first met Monroe in 2008 after the Obama interview.

"It was an extraordinary interview and was one of the reasons I told CNN's leadership that we should hire Bryan Monroe as our Political Editor," Feist said in an email.

the concept of bridging ideas and big picture themes," Meredith Artley, a senior vice president and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, said of Monroe.

"Bryan was a very social person and he loved to bring people together," Malveaux said.

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