From assistant editor Dana Kopp Franklin:
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In a piece called "Remembering Some Remarkable Lives Lost in 2009," NPR's Talk of the Nation
honors Nashville newspaper archivist and researcher Chantay Steptoe-Buford. I shared a cubicle with Chantay when I worked at The Tennessean,
and believe me, the word "remarkable" is pure understatement.
Though she died at just 48, she had worked for the newspaper almost 30 years, and I can't imagine that many of the hundreds of people she helped on the job will forget her kindness, her energy and devotion to her work -- and to all the people around her. Her memorial service in an East Nashville church was filled to the rafters, and it was fitting that the eulogies, singing and dancing went far into the evening.
Tonya Ballard-Brown, an NPR digital editor who worked at The Tennessean
several years ago, salutes Chantay in a short but sweet obituary