Veteran Labor Reporter David Moberg Dies at 79

Veteran Labor reporter David Moberg passed away at age 79 today (David Moberg/ Facebook)

Earlier today, it was announced that veteran labor journalist David Moberg has passed away a the age of 79 following a long battle with Parkinson’s. 

In my early 20s, I worked with David together at In These Times, and he was a very sweet, kind person. I was deeply inspired by him. David made very little money as a labor reporter in his life and had many offers to work much better-paid jobs for unions over the years. However, David stayed dedicated to the labor beat for nearly 50 years. 

For many decades, when there were very labor reporters on the beat, David was a beacon of information for people who wanted to find out what was happening in the labor movement. Not even the Washington Post had a full-time labor reporter when I began reading Moberg in the early 2000s. He was essential for every labor reporter to read. 

Now we are seeing a resurgence in the labor beat among young labor journalists, but our generation of labor journalists owes deep gratitude to people like David Moberg, who toiled for very little money to keep the labor beat alive all those years.

May David’s memory always be a blessing to broke labor reporters everywhere. 

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Mike Elk
Mike Elk is an Emmy-nominated labor reporter who covered everything from Lula & the Brazilian labor movement to major league baseball. He spent years covering union organizing in the South for The Guardian and was labeled by the New York Times as an "abrasive gadfly" for exposing within the labor movement. Raised in a UE union family in Pittsburgh, Elk was illegally for union organizing at Politico in 2015 and used his NLRB settlement to start the crowd-funded Payday Report. He lives in his hometown of Pittsburgh and is fluent in both Pittsburghese and Portuguese, which he learned when attending journalism school at PUC-Rio de Janerio. Email: [email protected]

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