(UnitedVoice.com) – Vaughn Ververs spent a long time in broadcast journalism. The 54-year-old worked for several major publications and networks over his career. Now, he has passed away, leaving colleagues and his family in mourning.
On March 19, Ververs passed away suddenly. It’s not clear what he died from, but he left the media community devastated. At the time of his passing, Ververs was working as NBC News’ top digital editor. He started his career in politics as the deputy press secretary for Pat Buchanan in 1992 during his short-lived presidential campaign.
NBC Universal released a statement after his death. Ververs worked for the media giant for more than 12 years. According to the statement, he will be remembered as someone who mentored young journalists. The company said they are thinking about his family during this difficult time.
In addition to the statement from NBC executives, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell both spoke about him on air. During the March 22 episode of “Meet the Press,” Todd said he’d been friends with Ververs for 30 years. He explained the two of them worked together in the 1990s at National Journal’s “The Hotline.” He also worked for POLITICO and CBS News.
WATCH: Remembering beloved long-time political journalist, NBC News' Vaughn Ververs, who passed away this weekend.
Vaughn was a mentor to young journalists & a sounding board for colleagues. He was quick with one-liners and equally quick with a kind word. We will miss him. pic.twitter.com/VctJVw1Wbc
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) March 22, 2023
Mitchell credited Ververs with helping NBC shape its political coverage. She said he was a pioneer of political journalism.
Colleagues of Ververs also took to Twitter to mourn his loss. The Washington Post’s Leigh Ann Caldwell said the late editor’s “political insight was superb. His edits spot on. His advice insightful.” She said he often took on the role of work therapist to help those around him and expressed how much he will be missed.
C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman said he is also in mourning. He shared a video clip of a younger Ververs on C-SPAN and said he appeared more than 500 times.
Mourning the loss of Vaughn Ververs.
Nearly 500 appearances on C-SPAN …
Here's his first, Oct. 31, 2000 — explaining to the @cspanwj audience what @njhotline is … then talking Senate races … pic.twitter.com/oABoaW3vDF
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) March 23, 2023
Ververs is survived by his wife and three children.
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