(AP) Mike Hurewitz, a veteran New York journalist, died from complications following surgery to donate part of his liver to his brother. He was 57.
Hurewitz died Sunday at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. His surgery was Thursday to help his brother, Adam, a 54-year-old Long Island physician. Adam Hurewitz is recovering.
A journalist for almost 30 years, Hurewitz was known for his passion for journalism and compassion for young reporters learning the trade. He covered topics from organized crime trials in New York City to features in rural upstate New York near Saratoga Springs where he made his home.
Hurewitz joined the Albany Times Union in 1994 after reporting for the former Long Island Press and the New York Post.
“He was one of the true gentlemen and artists of the profession,” said Dennis Michalski, former executive city editor of the Times Union. “The way he died, giving part of his liver to his brother, was true to his character.”
At the Post, Hurewitz covered courts and crime, among other beats.
“So many journalists get hardened because they see ugly things. Not Mike,” said Deborah Orin, the New York Post Washington bureau chief. “He saw what was good and wanted to use his power as a journalist to make things better.”
Hurewitz attended the University of Rochester and earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie, a researcher at the Statewide Emergency Network for Social and Economic Security.