Remembering the late Gail Kerr, who takes with her a working history of the city she covered 

The Last City Columnist

The Last City Columnist

The Scene is sad to note the passing Tuesday of Gail Kerr, the longtime Metro columnist at The Tennessean. Kerr had been fighting cancer for years, and the cause of death was a blood clot, according to The Tennessean. She was 52.

As a columnist, Kerr represented a style that is sadly departing the pages of daily papers across the country. Deeply sourced and a consummate insider, Kerr was a lifer at 1100 Broadway. She began as a copy clerk at 16, and college was her only interruption from the newsroom. 

After graduating from Southwestern in Memphis, Kerr worked as a reporter, team leader and as city editor before becoming a columnist in 2000. As a lifelong Nashvillian, she brought institutional knowledge and a perspective that few could match. 

We had our disagreements with some of Kerr's columns. But as a person, Kerr was first-rate, unfailingly kind and always willing to help a fellow journalist. Nashville seemed to notice, regularly voting her the Best Local Columnist in the Scene's annual Best of Nashville readers' poll.

The city could use more like her. We will miss her voice. 

Email editor@nashvillescene.com.

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