NEW YORK (AP) — Elaine Rivera, a veteran New York journalist who often wrote about the marginalized and the voiceless, has died. She was 54.
Her longtime friend, Evelyn Hernandez, said Rivera was found dead in her Bronx apartment on Saturday after struggling with liver disease. She had had been on health leave from a teaching position at Lehman College.
Hernandez was originally from Cleveland, Ohio and got her start at The Akron Beacon Journal in 1982 before landing at New York Newsday where she worked as a staff reporter from 1986 to 1995.
She also did stints at Time magazine, El Diario La Prensa, The Washington Post and WNYC Radio, where she reported on the impact of the new Yankee Stadium on local merchants.
Hernandez said Rivera's greatest passion was using journalism to help people who didn't have a voice.