On Sunday in Boca Raton, Florida, Nikki Finke passed away. She was an acerbic, well-read entertainment reporter and blogger who broke Hollywood news, riled up businessmen, and founded the website Deadline Hollywood Daily in 2006. She was 68.
Nikki Finke Death Cause
Her family’s spokeswoman, Madelyn Hammond, made the announcement of her passing.
The Finke family confirmed that Nikki Finke passed away after a protracted illness. Hence, she had no stated medical history, and it is unknown if she had any additional health problems.
Nikki Finke Work Life
Ms. Finke began her career as a reporter for The Associated Press in 1975 after serving as a staff assistant in the Washington office of Representative Edward I. Koch, a New York Democrat who would go on to become mayor of New York City.
Nikki started a column called Deadline Hollywood in LA Weekly in 2002 after joining Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications by the early 1980s. She later moved to The Dallas Morning News, Newsweek, and other publications.
After that Nikki Finke took no prisoners as she blended reportage with gossip there and on the Deadline website, breaking the news of who will host the Oscars, going into detail about the interactions between celebrities and agents, or closely examining the business activities of senior executives.
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Nikki Finke On Starting Deadline
Beginning of “Deadline” at a time when the business model for independent internet publishing businesses was unclear was somewhat of a leap of faith. However, the website was a success, and in 2009, she sold it to Penske Media Corp., a firm founded by Jay Penske. Although she continued to serve as editor in chief, she and Mr. Penske eventually split up in 2013.
Hence, she began the fiction site in 2015 after engaging in legal disputes with Mr. Penske that led to an agreement that virtually forbade her from working as an entertainment journalist.
People Paid Tribute To Nikki
Jay Penske, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Penske Media Corporation, tributed her and said:
“At her best, Nikki Finke embodied the spirit of journalism, and was never afraid to tell the hard truths with an incisive style and an enigmatic spark. She was brash and true. It was never easy with Nikki, but she will always remain one of the most memorable people in my life.”
Although, Nikki Finke was born on December 16, 1953, and after completing her education at Wellesley College, she was raised in the community of Sands Point in Nassau County, New York. Also, the divorce between Ms. Finke and Jeffrey Greenberg occurred in 1982.
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