Reporters Committee remembers Sara Fritz

Press Release | October 18, 2013

On the occasion of her death, the Steering Committee and staff of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press remember journalist Sara Fritz, a longtime and ardent supporter of the organization and the First Amendment, with the following statement:

“Much has been written in the past few days about the professional achievements and personal accomplishments of Sara Fritz. She was much beloved and respected in a town that too frequently offers only a choice between the two.

“As we mourn the loss of our friend, we also remember Sara’s dedication to the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, and her extraordinary efforts to expand and improve the organization. As a Steering Committee member from 1982-2005, Sara was a leader in ensuring we were on solid financial ground, whether it was organizing a phone bank to call for donations, or putting together a major fundraiser such as the star-studded First Amendment Fair.

“Sara never wavered in her enthusiasm, passion and dedication to the work of the Reporters Committee and in making sure that journalists could always do their best work, unencumbered by those who would seek to withhold the truth.

“Sara’s friends and colleagues at the Reporters Committee remember her with warmth, gratitude and many fond memories of a remarkable woman. She will be missed."

About the Reporters Committee

Founded in 1970, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers free legal support to thousands of working journalists and media lawyers each year. It is a leader in the fight against persistent efforts by government officials to impede the release of public information, whether by withholding documents or threatening reporters with jail. In addition to its 24/7 Legal Defense Hotline, the Reporters Committee conducts cutting-edge legal research, publishes handbooks and guides on media law issues, files frequent friend-of-the-court legal briefs and offers challenging fellowships and internships for young lawyers and journalists. For more information, go to, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.