‘Petra was NPR through and through,’ says National Public Radio books editor Petra Mayer, who died at 46.
WASHINGTON — Petra Mayer, the books editor for National Public Radio, died of a pulmonary embolism, according to the news organization.
She had been 46 years old when she died.
Mayer is best known for her coverage of Comic-Con and for assisting in the creation of NPR’s Book Concierge, an annual interactive guide that filters titles based on reader interest and recommends them to listeners.
She was a regular guest on episodes of the “Pop Culture Happy Hour” podcast, and her coworkers described her as a proud nerd who enjoyed science fiction and comic books.
Nancy Barnes, NPR’s senior vice president of news, died suddenly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland, according to an email to staff.
Barnes wrote, “Petra was NPR all the way.”
Mayer joined NPR Books in 2012 after working as an associate producer and director on weekends for “All Things Considered,” where she was in charge of the show’s book coverage.
Her biography on NPR’s website stated that she started as an engineering assistant while attending Amherst College in 1994, but left a few years later for a news writing job at WBUR in Boston and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
In 2000, she returned to NPR.
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