Tributes paid to journalist Jackie McKeown


Tributes have been paid to well-known Northern Ireland journalist Jackie McKeown who died suddenly at her home in Newry last Friday (July 7).

Journalist Jackie McKeown

Fifty-four-year-old Ms McKeown worked at a number of publications, including the News Letter, the Croydon Advertiser, Newry Democrat, Belfast Telegraph, Irish Independent, Irish Daily Star, Irish Daily Mail, and the Daily Mirror.

During her time working with the Lisburn-based Lisburn Star, she was named IPR Provincial Journalist of the Year.

She was also the former editor of the Newry Democrat.

Among those to pay tribute was journalist and friend Carmel Robinson.

She said: “Jackie was one of a kind. A truly talented journalist as well as a kind, compassionate and understanding friend to many, including me.”

VIEWdigital editor Brian Pelan said: “I worked with Jackie at the News Letter in the early 2000s. She was a truly professional journalist with a lovely personality. My deepest sympathy to all who knew and loved her.”