Josh Mitnick, a longtime reporter from Israel for a variety of international publications, died over the weekend at age 50 after a battle with cancer, friends and colleagues confirmed via social media.
Mitnick most recently wrote for Foreign Policy as well as the Christian Science Monitor, where he had worked since 2004. His work had also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Jewish Week.
“Awful news today,” tweeted New York Times reporter Sheera Frenkel, who previously served as a Mideast correspondent for BuzzFeed News. “Josh Mitnick was a kind and generous colleague. My first year in Jerusalem I was covering a press conference, and failed to hit the record button on my tape deck. Josh saw me nearly in tears and sat with me on the sidewalk while I transcribed from his tape.”
Times of Israel reporter Tal Schneider said Mitnick “was a great journalist, caring, thorough, smart, friendly. He was too young to go.”
Ruth Marks Eglash, a former Washington Post correspondent who later served as a spokeswoman for Israeli Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan, said Mitnick was “an incredible journalist in Israel, someone who I always looked up to and admired.”
A native of Highland Park, New Jersey, Mitnick received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan. He moved to Israel in 1997 and got his first reporting job at Bloomberg News. He wrote for the Wall Street Journal from 2008 to 2015.
He is survived by his wife, Lesley Benedikt, their three children, and his parents, Joan and Stuart Mitnick.