Terry Dean, an editor and reporter for our Austin Weekly News and Wednesday Journal for 10 years, died this week after a long, painful and grace-filled illness. He was 47. We remember him for his skills as a reporter — listening, questioning, reflecting what he learned.
Michael Romain, who replaced Terry, has a thoughtful piece today in his column about Terry as a mentor and as a leader in the sometimes lonely role of Black reporter in a mainly white newsroom.
For those of us who worked alongside Terry, we remember his love and devotion to his family, most profoundly to Amiri, his daughter. His care for her was a life lesson to each of us.