Jennifer Dunn, Member of New ‘WSJ’ Editorial Oversight Panel, Dies at 66

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By: E&P Staff

Jennifer Dunn, a former six-term member of Congress from Washington — named last month to the new five-member “special committee” to oversee the editorial independence of the Wall Street Journal after its sale to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. — died today, her family announced. She was 66.

A statement issued by the office of her son, Reagan Dunn, said, “Jennifer collapsed from a pulmonary embolism in her Alexandria, Va., apartment and never regained consciousness. She passed peacefully surrounded by family.”

Dunn, a Republican, had worked as a lobbyist in Washington D.C. since quitting her post in Congress.

The “special committee” is meant to serve as a “buffer” between Rupert Murdoch and the paper’s “independent” newsroom operation. It will also have a say in the hiring and firing of the paper’s top editors.

The initial members of the editorial board besides Dunn were identified as Lou Boccardi, former head of the Associated Press and a director of the Gannett Co.; columnist Thomas Bray; former Tribune Co. president Jack Fuller; and Nicholas Negroponte, founder of MIT’s Media Lab.

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