NPR book editor Petra Meyer dies at 46

NPR book editor Petra Meyer dies at 46

Washington Petra Meyer, NPR’s book editor, died of what was believed to be a pulmonary embolism, the news organization reported. She was 46 years old.

Mayer is remembered for reporting at Comic-Con and helping to compile NPR’s Book Concierge, an annual interactive directory that filters titles based on interest to recommend readers. She was an occasional guest on episodes of the “Pop Culture Happy Hour” podcast, and her colleagues said she was obsessed with pride and loved science fiction and comics.

NPR’s vice president of news, Nancy Barnes, said in an email to staff that she died suddenly at Holy Cross Hospital in Maryland.

“Petra was completely NPR,” Barnes wrote.

Mayer joined the team at NPR Books in 2012 after serving as co-producer and director of “All Things Consigned” on Weekend Weekends and covering the show’s books.

Her biography on NPR’s website said that she first joined as an engineering assistant in 1994 while attending Amherst College, but left after a few years for a job writing news at WBUR in Boston and to earn a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. She returned to NPR in 2000.

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