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Christine Kay (December 16, 1964 – February 5, 2019) was a journalist who served as an editor in the Investigations section of The New York Times. Starting in 2015, Kay moved to a new role as Enterprise Consultant.[1] Previously she had served as the deputy editor of the Op-Ed page of the Times beginning in 2003.

At the Times, Kay conceived and edited the Portraits of Grief profile series on the victims of the September 11 attacks.[2] About two dozen of the Portraits articles were cited when Times won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for its coverage of the attacks.[2]


Early lifeEdit

Kay was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on December 16, 1964, to Gaza and Carmelia Kay. She grew up in Carnegie, Pennsylvania, and while in high school won a scholarship to summer writing program at Allegheny College.[2]


Kay graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1985 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science.[2][3]


Kay was a reporter and editor with The Pittsburgh Press and later worked at Newsday, where she served in a number of roles including weekend editor, before joining The New York Times in 1995 as a copy editor.[2] She started out as the enterprise editor for the metro desk, before becoming assistant metropolitan editor in 1998, handling enterprise pieces and special projects.[2]

She became deputy Op-Ed editor at The New York Times in 2003.[4] Articles that Kay has edited have received notable awards such as Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award. In 2016, Kay co-won both a Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award and her second George Polk Award for a series on the impact of arbitration clauses in United States law.[2]

Portraits of GriefEdit

Kay was primarily recognized for her work on Portraits of Grief, a series of pieces about the victims of 9/11.[5][6][7]


Kay died on February 5, 2019 at the age of 54 of complications from metastatic breast cancer.[8]


  1. ^ O'Shea, Chris (April 14, 2015). "NY Times Makes Changes to Investigations Team". Fishbowl NY. Archived from the original on April 19, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Sandomir, Richard (February 6, 2019). "Christine Kay, Editor on Prizewinning Times Projects, Dies at 54". The New York Times. Archived from the original on February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  3. ^ The New York Times Company press release, 6 January 2003.[permanent dead link] Accessed July 9, 2007.
  4. ^ "Ex-critic Rich Returns To N.Y. Times Arts". Backstage. 2003-01-09. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  5. ^ Paul, Marthoz, Jean (2017-03-20). Terrorism and the media: a handbook for journalists. UNESCO Publishing. ISBN 9789231001994.
  6. ^ Harris, Roy J., Jr (August 31, 2011). "'Portraits of Grief' 10 years later: Lessons from the original New York Times 9/11 coverage". Poynter.
  7. ^ Portraits: 9/11/01: The Collected "Portraits of Grief" from The New York Times. Times Books. 2002. ISBN 9780805073607.
  8. ^ "This week's passages". The Seattle Times. February 8, 2019. Archived from the original on February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 12, 2019.