President Obama remembers Carlos Hernandez Gomez

January 18, 2010

All day, WBEZ staffers have been sharing their memories of reporter Carlos Hernandez Gomez, who lost his battle with cancer yesterday. Steve Edwards joined Alison Cuddy on Eight Forty-Eight with some of his favorite moments with Carlos. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and former WBEZ political reporter (and Carlos' successor) also weighed in on Carlos'‚ commitment to journalism, and excitement for Chicago politics. And, President Obama issued this statement earlier today:

Statement from the President on the Passing of Carlos Hernandez Gomez

‚ "I was saddened to hear of the passing of Carlos Hernandez Gomez.‚  Our paths first crossed when I was a State Senator.‚  He was a throwback in the style of Chicago's storied political reporters.‚  He loved Chicago, and he relentlessly sought to tell its story with the commitment to truth and the insatiable curiosity that any good reporter has to have.‚  I quickly learned that when you saw his sharp fedora in a crowd, hard questions were coming.‚  But Carlos always played it straight.‚  And I always enjoyed our interactions in Springfield, Chicago, or on the campaign trail.‚  Carlos was a role model to many, and an integral part of the Chicago story he strived to tell.‚  My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Randi and his family." And, of course, you can share your thoughts on Carlos here in the comments section.