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Media Analyst and Writer Eric Boehlert Dead After Biking Accident

Boehlert was a 'fierce and fearless defender of the truth' according to fellow journalist Soledad O'Brien

On Monday, Eric Boehlert, founder and editor of the media blog Press Run, was killed in a biking accident involving a New Jersey Transit train.

Boehlert, age 57, was a longtime, respected writer and media analyst. He was a frequent television and radio guest on CNN and CNBC, where he discussed politics and the press. 

Boehlert was the founding editor of Salon magazine, a fellow with Media Matters, and a former contributor for Rolling Stone and Billboard magazines.  

Additionally, he wrote two books, Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush and Bloggers on the Bus. The former was published by renowned publishing house Simon & Schuster.

His friend and fellow journalist Solidad O’Brien shared the news on Twitter after Boehlert’s wife, Tracy Breslin, notified her. 

O’Brien’s post noted that Boehlert had a deep love of “his kids Jane and Ben, his dogs, biking and running and basketball and good friends.” She went on to note that Boehlert was a “fierce and fearless defender of the truth.”

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated her condolences towards his death in a post on Twitter on Wednesday. 

According to local media and reports from the New Jersey Transit Corporation on Tuesday, a train on the Montclair Boonton Line struck and killed an adult male on a bicycle Monday evening. The event occurred between the train’s 9:00 pm departure from Hoboken and its scheduled arrival in Hackettstown, New Jersey. 

Boehlert had been married to Breslin for 29 years. 

The couple have two adult children and have been longtime Montclair, New Jersey residents. 

Breslin said that Boehlert was a familiar figure around town on his daily runs, and he loved to bike through town in the evenings. 

The New Jersey Transit Authority has not offered any further comment on the incident, which is still under investigation.

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