Blake Hounshell, a political writer for The New York Times, died on Tuesday, January 10, 2023, at the age of 44, in Washington. His family confirmed the news, saying he died “after a long and valiant fight with depression.” According to the authorities, the incident is being examined as a suicide. The executive editor, Joseph Kahn, and the managing editor, Carolyn Ryan, both announced the news to the magazine’s workers in a memo, saying:
“We are profoundly sorry to inform you that our colleague Blake Hounshell has died. Blake was a hardworking journalist who swiftly rose through the ranks to become our main politics newsletter writer and an astute observer of our country’s political situation. During a hectic election season, he became an invaluable and always perceptive voice in the report.”
The editors also discussed Blake Hounshell’s achievements as an employee, since he has been with the company since 2021. Furthermore, according to his Twitter page, the journalist was active on social media only a few hours before his death.
“A friend, a fellow journalist, a kind supporter of my work,” netizens, friends, and colleagues grieve Blake Hounshell’s passing.
The death of The New York Times “On Politics” editor startled countless social media users, friends, and coworkers. One social media user who looked to be connected to Blake wrote on Twitter:
Like many others, I am in anguish and at a loss for words over Blake Hounshell’s (@blakehounshell) passing. A friend, a fellow journalist, a kind supporter of my career — and a college classmate. We will all miss you so, so much.
— Melissa Chan (@melissakchan) January 10, 2023
Others’ reactions to the news were as follows:
Blake Hounshell was a fellow stroke survivor, and one of the first interviews I did when I returned to the campaign trail and struggled to find my words.
He showed compassion and humanity in a way few others had.
This is heartbreaking.
— John Fetterman (@JohnFetterman) January 10, 2023
Blake Hounshell is survived by his wife, Sandy Choi, and their two children, David and Astrid.
Blake Hounshell, born in California in 1987, attended Yale University and began his career with Foreign Policy magazine in 2006. He subsequently worked for a number of different firms until joining The New York Times in 2021. He has also spent a significant amount of time in Cairo studying Arabic and covering Arab politics. While little is known about Blake’s personal life, it is stated that he lived in northwest Washington with his family and left behind his wife, Sandy Choi, and children, David and Astrid.
The New York Times also announced that it will assist the family in any manner that the family is comfortable with. Joseph Kahn and Carolyn Ryan noted in their letter to employees:
“Blake was committed to his family and a friend of many on our politics and Washington teams, who have worked with him for many years. We will contact you shortly with further information on how to help his family.”
People on the internet, on the other side, are raising awareness about mental health concerns and how feeling suicidal may be handled by a professional. Blake’s friends and family are also sharing information on institutions that may assist individuals dealing with mental health issues so that they do not resort to suicidal behavior.