Memento Mori — March 11, 2014, 1:51 pm

Matthew Power (1974–2014)

Remembering a contributor and friend

Matt Power, on assignment in Manila for "The Magic Mountain: Trickle-down economics in a Philippine garbage dump," published in Harper's Magazine in December 2006 © Misty Keasler

Matt Power, on assignment in Manila for “The Magic Mountain: Trickle-down economics in a Philippine garbage dump,” published in Harper’s Magazine in December 2006 © Misty Keasler

We at Harper’s Magazine are saddened by the loss of our friend Matthew Power. Sixteen years ago, Matt was an intern at the magazine, and since then he’s reported eight smart, brave, funny, and important stories for us. He was both brilliant at his craft and a hell of a good guy, which makes his death all the harder to bear.

Matt’s work for Harper’s is collected here and below.

“Slipping through the Net” (April 2012)

“Ghosts of Wounded Knee” (December 2009)

“Mississippi Drift” (March 2008)

“The Magic Mountain” (December 2006)

“Immersion Journalism” (December 2005)

“The Lost Buddhas of Bamiyan” (March 2005)

“The Trash Folder” (January 2005)

“The Poison Stream” (August 2004)

Matt on assignment in London

Matt beneath Fleet Street while on assignment in London

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  • Simon Collinson

    This is deeply sad news. I have been struck by the raw power of Matt’s work more than once over the past few years. I found “Ghosts of Wounded Knee” particularly eye-opening and important, and I still remember it clearly nearly five years later. A true journalist taken far too soon.

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