Petra Meyer, Books Editor for NPR and ‘Resident Nerd’ Dies at 46

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Petra Meyer, Books Editor for NPR and ‘Resident Nerd’ Dies at 46

Petra Meyer, a book editor for NPR and a self-described “resident nerd” who delighted readers with her ideas about science fiction, comics and cats, died Saturday at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD Gaya. She was 46 years old.

His death was confirmed by his mother, Elke Meyer, who said on Sunday that the cause was a pulmonary embolism.

Ms. Meyer joined NPR’s books team in 2012 and worked on the culture desk, according to the public radio network, which reported her death on Saturday.

The announcement prompted tributes to Ms. Meyer, who reported at Comic-Con and contributed to the Book Concierge, NPR’s literary recommendation tool.

“Petra was NPR through and through,” NPR’s senior vice president for news Nancy Barnes said in an email to employees on Saturday, as reported by the public radio network.

In a statement on Sunday, NPR said Ms. Meyer had left an indelible mark.

“This is a heartbreaking loss for all of us, for NPR, our member stations and the millions of listeners in the public radio family,” the statement read. “Petra’s passion for her work, her love for her colleagues and her joy in sharing books with public radio listeners has made a lasting impression.”

Prior to her stint as a book editor, Ms. Meyer was an associate producer and director at the weekend for “All Things Considered,” the radio network’s flagship news program, according to NPR. He also served as a production assistant for “Morning Edition” and “Weekend Edition Saturday”.

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In an interview on Sunday, Elke Meyer said her daughter was prepared for a radio career while studying at Amherst College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1996, according to her LinkedIn profile.

“She could very easily move into management, but she preferred to do real work,” Ms Meyer said. “She loved interviewing writers.”

Ms Meyer said her daughter loved assignments like covering Comic-Con, where she crossed paths with celebrities and characters.

NPR editor and producer Beth Novi told the public radio network that Petra Meyer was “always up for anything—whether it was a last-minute edit, dressing up as an AP style guide for Halloween, or taking out the hedgehog.” Ho. of cheese for an intern farewell party.”

Ms. Nouveau said on twitter that Ms. Meyer was to join him for brunch on Saturday. “She (of course) promised to bring some of the ‘stupid elaborate’ that she saw at the Great British Bake Off,” Ms Novi wrote.

After graduating from Amherst, Ms. Meyer earned a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Ms. Meyer grew up in Washington, DC. In addition to her mother, her family includes her father, Jeffrey L. Meyer and his partner are Josh Drobina.

Elke Meyer said that her daughter used her position to highlight more diverse writers. She also fought for a paid internship, her mother said.

However, some of the stories she covered can be overwhelming.

“If one dies in art, Petra was the go-to person,” said her mother. “She used to write obit and it’ll be on air in an hour.”

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