I just wanted to take time to pay tribute to journalist Lyra McKee, who was killed in violence in Derry, Northern Ireland
, last night. Lyra was brilliant. She wrote bravely of Northern Ireland’s past while embodying its hopeful future.
I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times, most memorably when she devoted a whole day to taking me on a tour of the tech companies of Belfast and Newry. She gave up her time because wanted me to write about a nascent tech scene that many people hadn’t heard about – she wanted the story to be told.
And that’s a passion for journalism right there – her drive to tell stories others couldn’t or wouldn’t is a real loss to both Northern Ireland and the world. My thoughts are with her family, friends, and colleagues.