R.I.P. Mark Binker

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What a shock.

What a shock.

I never met Mark in person, but I feel like I knew him well. North Carolina is going to be darker place now that he's gone.

I'm still trying to process it

From time to time, I will engage with a reporter via e-mail or PM in an effort to get a clarification on a story. About half the time I'm categorically ignored, and the other half usually amounts to, "Working on it, will have more in the near future."

Mark always took the time to answer my questions (patiently, without any condescension), even when he was also trying to get 2 hours'-worth of work done in fifteen minutes.

He was genuinely a nice person, in a world where that seems to be more and more rare as the days go by. More than just his journalism will be missed.