Josh Kovner, 61


Longtime Hartford Courant reporter Josh Kovner has died. Friends say Josh had dealt with heart issues over the years, but his death comes as a shock to Connecticut’s news media community.

McDowell Communications Group’s Maura Fitzgerald worked often with Josh throughout her career and shared the following:

“Josh and I first met in the late 90s when I was doing communications for then-Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, and we had many interactions through the years, particularly during my tenure as DPH’s Communications Director as Josh worked on stories about Whiting Forensic, Charter Oak Health, and other health/social justice topics.  Through all our interactions, Josh was a consummate professional: always well prepared, willing to listen to new information, and so, so smart.  When Josh called, I knew he was going to be tough, but we were always honest with one another, and I knew at the end of the day that whatever article he was writing would be fair.  He was a gentleman with a gentle voice, a huge heart, and a clear passion for uncovering the truth to educate the public about the forgotten among us.  I will miss him and his tenacious, compassionate reporting.  Connecticut has lost an excellent journalist.  My heart goes out to his family and to his Hartford Courant family.”