Lyra McKee was murdered in Belfast on the 18th April 2019
Lyra McKee was a journalist from Belfast. An impressive and passionate speakers she was also an editor at Silicon Valley-based media news site, Mediagazer, and had written for The Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, and many others.
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Lyra McKee was an incredibly talented journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. From dropping out of university aged 19 to being named one of Forbes 30 under 30 in media in Europe, she had, in her short life, a varied career. For the last six years, she had worked as an editor at Mediagazer, a Silicon Valley-based news site covering the media industry and read by everyone from academics to New York Times and Washington Post reporters.
Yet she was perhaps best known for her writing, from her moving story on Northern Ireland’s suicide crisis in the wake of its 30-year conflict, Suicide of the Ceasefire Babies, to her profile of amateur cold case detectives trying to solve the murder of their loved ones. Published in The Atlantic, BuzzFeed News, Mosaic Science, and many other publications. Her first book 'Angels with Blue Faces' was about the murder of a NI Politician was due to be published in May 2019. She had also signed a two book deal with Faber & Faber and her first novel The Lost Boys, which sadly was still to be completed, was due to be published in 2020.
Represented by Will Francis at literary agency Janklow & Nesbit in London. In 2006, she won the Sky News Young Journalist of the Year for a story looking at rising suicide rates in her native North Belfast. In 2016, Forbes Magazine named her one of their 30 under 30 in Europe. She delivered newsroom training to newspapers including The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. She also worked for The Thomson Reuters Foundation, mentoring and overseeing investigations into financial corruption by Africa-based journalists.
She spoke at events all over the world, including Techraking, a conference jointly organised by Google and the California Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), journalism.co.uk’s News Rewired event in London, the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy, and TEDx Stormont in Belfast.
In 2014, “Letter to my 14-year-old self”, a story describing her experience of growing up as a gay person in Northern Ireland, went viral. It was later developed into the short film “Letter”, produced by Belfast-based production company Stay Beautiful films. It has since been screened at a US film festival.