Posted by chelsea on November 23, 2001 at 21:02:16:
J. A. Lobbia
NEW YORK (AP) -- J. A. Lobbia, an award-winning columnist and investigative reporter on housing and race relations in St.
Louis and New York, died Thursday of ovarian cancer. She was 43.
Since 1990, Lobbia was an editor and reporter for the Village Voice in New York. She got her start writing about housing
issues as an intern at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1983, and later was an investigative reporter and managing editor of the
Riverfront Times in St. Louis.
Lobbia's articles in the Voice dealt with housing, community preservation, the elderly and immigrants. At the Riverfront
Times, she wrote about black-on-black crime, black activism and racial imbalances in the judiciary.
The Newswomen's Club of New York recently gave Lobbia a Front Page Award for her reporting on housing. The Greater St.
Louis Association of Black Journalists honored her four times for her work.
Survivors include husband Joseph Jesselli; her mother, Julia Lobbia; a brother and two sisters.
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