WASHINGTON (AP) – Petra Mayer, book editor for National Public Radio, died of pulmonary embolism on Saturday, the news agency said. She was 46 years old.
Mayer is remembered for his Comic-Con reporting and for helping to create NPR’s Book Concierge, an annual interactive guide that filters headlines based on interest to recommend to readers. She was an occasional guest on the “Pop Culture Happy Hour” podcast episodes, and her colleagues said she was a proud nerd who loved science fiction and comics.
NPR’s senior vice president for news Nancy Barnes told staff in an email that she died suddenly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland.
âPetra was NPR through and through,â Barnes wrote.
Mayer joined the NPR Books team in 2012 after working as an associate producer and director for âAll Things Consideredâ on the weekends, dealing with the covers of the show’s books.
Her bio on the NPR website indicates that she first entered as an engineering assistant in 1994 while attending Amherst College, but quit a few years later for a job. writing news at WBUR in Boston and for a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She returned to NPR in 2000.
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