Memorial service planned for Eric Boehlert, Montclair resident and veteran media critic (Obituary)
A memorial service for journalist Eric Boehlert, 56, a fierce advocate for truth in the media who died in a bicycle accident in Montclair on Monday, April 4, 2022, will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, at First Congregational Church in Montclair.
Mr. Boehlert, a Montclair resident, was born in 1965 in Utica, New York, the fourth and final child of the late Donna Boehlert and Bart Boehlert Jr.
He grew up in New Hartford, New York; Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Guilford, Connecticut, where he graduated from high school and was a star on the basketball team.
He earned a degree in Middle Eastern studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he met his life-long partner, Tracy Breslin. They were married in 1993 in a loft on lower Fifth Avenue and together raised two children, Jane and Ben, in Montclair.
They loved each other completely for the duration of their 29-year marriage. Together they went to concerts, took vacations on Martha’s Vineyard, walked their dogs at Eagle Rock Reservation and chatted every night on the living room couch.
Early in his journalism career, Mr. Boehlert worked at Billboard and Rolling Stone magazine, then later at Salon and Media Matters.
He was the author of two nonfiction books: “Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush” (2006), and “Bloggers on the Bus: How the Internet Changed Politics and the Press” (2009).
In 2020 he started his own subscription newsletter, Press Run, and quickly accumulated a large and devoted following.
Through his journalism, books and appearances on CNN and MSNBC, Mr. Boehlert was a powerful defender of democracy, social justice and truth in the media. He was uncompromising and brilliant in his investigation of hypocrisies and double standards in the media, and his contribution was priceless.
He had many and varied enthusiasms and interests as a loving husband, father, sibling, uncle and friend, ranging from basketball, baseball and bowling to music, movies and theater. He was a longtime member of the Montclair Commonwealth Club, where he bowled for 20 years with the Condors bowling team, and he also coached his son’s baseball team for four years.
Mr. Boehlert was a kind and gentle man, with never a cruel word, but was always strong and brave in his observations of media bias, unafraid to call out the most esteemed media giants in his quest for fairness and equality.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy; his two children, Jane and Ben; three siblings, Bart, Thom and Cynthia Boehlert; their spouses, Ted Dawson, Karen Boehlert and Barb Kristofek, and nephews Brian and Aaron Boehlert.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Eric Boehlert Memorial Scholarship at Montclair High School via montclairscholarshipfund.org/named-scholarships.
Arrangements were by Caggiano Memorial Home for Funerals.