Soma Golden Behr, Longtime Senior Editor at The Times, Dies at 84

Soma Golden Behr, a longtime senior editor at The Times, passed away at the age of 84. Behr was a highly respected and influential figure in the world of journalism, known for her keen editorial eye and unwavering dedication to the craft.

Behr began her career in journalism in the 1960s, working as a reporter for a small local newspaper. She quickly rose through the ranks, showcasing her talent for storytelling and her commitment to accuracy and fairness. In the 1980s, Behr joined The Times as a senior editor, where she would spend the next three decades shaping the newspaper’s coverage and guiding its editorial direction.

Throughout her career, Behr was known for her meticulous attention to detail and her ability to spot a good story. She had a knack for finding the human angle in every news piece, making sure that the voices of the people affected by the news were always heard. Behr was also a champion of diversity and inclusion in journalism, pushing for more representation of marginalized communities in the media.

Behr’s impact on The Times and the broader journalism community was immeasurable. She mentored countless young reporters and editors, sharing her wisdom and experience to help them grow and succeed in their careers. Behr’s colleagues remember her as a fierce advocate for the truth and a tireless defender of journalistic integrity.

In addition to her work at The Times, Behr was also a passionate advocate for press freedom and the importance of a free and independent press. She believed deeply in the power of journalism to hold the powerful to account and to shine a light on injustice.

Behr’s passing is a great loss to the journalism community. Her legacy will live on in the work of the reporters and editors she inspired and mentored, and in the stories she helped bring to light. Soma Golden Behr leaves behind a powerful legacy of integrity, passion, and dedication to the craft of journalism. She will be dearly missed.

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