Eric Boehlert Biography – Eric Boehlert Wiki
Eric Boehlert was an American media critic and writer. He covered the music industry as a staff writer for Rolling Stone and Billboard early in his career, before he turned his attention to media criticism.
Boehlert worked for ten years as a senior fellow at Media Matters for America starting in 2006 and also worked as a senior writer for Salon and a media critic at Daily Kos. In 2020, he founded his own liberal newsletter called Press Run because, as he wrote, “we can’t fix America if we don’t fix the press.”
He wrote three books, including Lapdogs: How The Press Rolled Over For Bush, published in 2006, and Bloggers on the Bus: How The Internet Changed Politics and the Press, published in 2009.
A frequent cable news commentator, Boehlert made hundreds of television appearances discussing the media, and was quoted in dozens of publications, including BuzzFeed, the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal.
Born in Utica, N.Y., Boehlert spent some of his childhood in Indiana before his family moved to Guilford, Conn. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Eric Boehlert Age
Boehlert died on April 4, 2022. He was 57 years old.
Eric Boehlert Wife
Was Eric Boehlert married? He was married to his wife Tracy Breslin.
Eric Boehlert Family
He is survived by wife Tracy Breslin and two children, Jane Boehlert and Ben Boehlert. Other survivors include three siblings.
Eric Boehlert Death
Veteran media critic Eric Boehlert passed away on April 4, 2022, in a bike accident in Montclair, New Jersey, according to his wife, Tracy Breslin. He was struck by a New Jersey Transit train while riding his bicycle near the Watchung Avenue station in Montclair.
A release from NJ Transit on Tuesday reported that a train on the Montclair Boonton Line struck and killed an adult male on a bicycle Monday evening “prior to” the Watchung Avenue station between its 8:59 departure from Hoboken and its scheduled arrival in Hackettstown at 11:07 p.m. The N.J. Transit Police Department is leading the investigation, which is ongoing.
Journalist Soledad O’Brien tweeted: “Just got crushing news from Tracy Breslin, wife of Eric Boehlert. [The Press Run founder] has died in a bike accident, age 57. Adored his kids Jane and Ben, his dogs, biking and running and basketball and good friends, a fierce and fearless defender of the truth.
“Eric was an amazing friend. He fought to rescue journalism and democracy, which need saving. Worked at Rolling Stone, Billboard, founded Media Matters and Salon, Pressrun on Substack. Brutal to bad media on Twitter, sweetest guy in real life.
“A terrible loss. We’ve lost an awesome human being, handsome/cool/witty dude who kicked ass on our behalf. Crazy devotion to facts, context and good reporting. Enemy of BS, fake news. “We can’t mend this American mess if we don’t fix the press.” Deep condolences to his family.
“We all hurt inside for Tracy, Ben, Jane and anyone who loves democracy and journalism. Pressrun is not dead. Eric’s friends will make sure this important part of his legacy Carrie’s on. Quoting Eric: “Stay healthy. Be Kind”.”
Hillary Clinton wrote on Twitter: “Eric Boehlert’s death is terrible news. I’m devastated for his family and friends and will miss his critical work to counteract misinformation and media bias. What a loss.”
“We are heartbroken to share that our beloved friend and former colleague Eric Boehlert has passed away,” Media Matters wrote in a statement. “Eric was a valued member of the Media Matters team for more than a decade. His passing is a real loss for truth and will leave a void in the broader media landscape.”
“We are better for having known and worked with such a thoughtful, fearless, and passionate media critic. It was always a treat when Eric would visit the D.C. office; while he was direct and unsparing on social media, he was equally as warm, inspiring, and helpful to his colleagues. We ask that you keep Eric and his family in your thoughts.”
Eric Boehlert Cause of Death
Eric Boehlert’s cause of death was not revealed by the medical examiner’s office. He died in a bike accident in Montclair, New Jersey.
Eric Boehlert Net Worth
Eric Boehlert’s net worth is estimated to be $2 million.