Joan Friedenberg was married to Jonathan Salant, former president of National Press Club-
She was 53 years old. They have a 10 year old son, Izzy.
Jon Salant's wife dies
Sad news from Washington... Jonathan Salant's wife Joan Friedenberg has died. She had Lyme disease for quite a while, but it seemed to be under control. Joan died suddenly after unexpected complications. Jon was a Syracuse Newspapers reporter from 1984 to 1994, last serving as Washington correspondent. Most recently, he was president of the National Press Club, and a reporter for Bloomberg News. He was our Wall of Distinction keynote speaker in 2006.
The Press Club sends its condolences to Jon and his family.
"There is no wealth but life." - John Ruskin
Contributions may be made in Joan Friedenberg?s memory to the National Press Club?s Eric Friedheim Library. It is the Club?s intention to rename its prestigious Online Journalism Awards in Ms. Friedenberg?s honor, and contributions to this fund can be made in the following manner: Payable to: Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library; National Press Club; 529 14th Street NW; Washington, DC 20045.
One may note that the gift is to be designated for the ?Friedenberg Award? in the memo section of the check. Additionally, secure online contributions can be made with a credit card by visiting The National Press Club site, and clicking on the blue ?Donate Now? button on the upper right-hand side of the page. There is an area on the online form entitled Gift Information, and it is here where it can be noted that the donation is being made in memory of Joan Friedenberg.
From Washington Jewish Week Online Edition
12/5/2007 8:59:00 PM
Joan Friedenberg, Web consultant, 53
Joan Maura Friedenberg of Bethesda, who owned a new media consulting firm, died Nov. 29 from the effects of a number of ailments, including Lyme disease. She was 53.
Born in Richmond, Friedenberg earned a bachelor's degree in communications from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a master's degree, also in communications, from Boston University.
She worked for a number of media organizations including McNeil/Lehrer Productions, ABC News and National Public Radio.
In 1995, she became the founding editor of the Online NewsHour, the Web site for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In 2003, she started her own new media consulting firm, Joan M. Friedenberg LLC, in Bethesda.
Friedenberg was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel in Rockville and the Ashburton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association.
She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Salant; her son, Isaac Salant; and her mother, Lorraine Friedenberg of Rockville.