On Sunday, an inspiring and former Daily News reporter Michael J. Feeney, who served as president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, died from a staph infection in his kidneys at 32 years old.
Feeney was one of the brightest individuals to be part of the journalism world. His mother, Reba Willis said he was set to begin as a entertainment reporter at CNN.com in Atlanta when he felt sick before starting the job.
“Mike did everything to help everyone,”Willis said Sunday according to the Daily News. “He did whatever he could with any person who he came across who wanted to know anything about journalism and about life.”
He was at the Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, N.J. since Tuesday. He was into cardiac arrest at 1:15 p.m. Feeney touched a lot of inspiring journalists and citizens, including Rev. Al Sharpton. Working at the Daily News, he looked out for young journalists.
“He looked out for me big-time when I got to the Daily News,” said former News reporter Jan Ransom according to the Daily News. “Every source I met raved about him — and naturally, by association, that meant I was in their good graces, too.”
Feeney graduated from Delaware State University in 2005. He went work to work at the Associated Press and other news outlets. People tweet out to him on his success as a journalist, but the world loss an upcoming star. He was on the cusp of making a difference in the entertainment world and those seeking guidance from him on wanting to be a journalist.