Petra Mayer, NPR Editor Who Covered Comic Con, Dies at 46

Mayer was with the NPR Books team since 2012

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Petra Mayer, a books editor for NPR who covered Comic-Con among other events, died Saturday. She was 46 years old.

Mayer’s employer announced her death Saturday, noting in the obituary that she died in Maryland of what is believed to have been a pulmonary embolism.

“Petra was NPR through and through. To say that Petra will be missed simply seems inadequate,” wrote senior vice president for news, Nancy Barnes, in an email to staff that was excerpted by NPR.

Mayer reviewed books — from sci-fi novels to comics, as well as fantasy, romance and more — for the outlet, but also reported live from Comic-Con and contributed annually to NPR’s Book Concierge, a literacy-recommendation event.

Mayer began working for NPR as a college student in1994 and left the organization briefly in 1997 before returning in 2000 for good. Before heading to the NPR Books team, she worked on “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.”

Her colleague, Rose Friedman, told their employer, “She is like the keeper of a certain wonderfulness of NPR. She is the spirit of the place.”

Read NPR’s tribute to Mayer here.

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