The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) and the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL) have expressed profound condolences to the families of sports journalist Ena Harmon and Jerome Toe of the New Nation newspaper.
Ms. Harmon died in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on March 2; Toe died on March at the St. Joseph Catholic Hospital.
PUL President Abdullai Kamara said Ena’s courage to enter strange terrains, as evidenced by her pioneering role in reporting sports, laid the groundwork that has today led many other ladies to follow.
The Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), on the other hand described the death of Ms Harmon as a big and irreplaceable loss.
“Madam Harmon was indeed a veteran in sports writing and a pioneer for female sports writers,” SWAL President Roland Mulbah said.
Prior to her demise, journalist Harmon ran the One Girl Foundation, a local NGO in Freetown.
She returned home in January and served as co-moderator for the February 7, 2014 SWAL elections debate.
She previously served as media officer of the Liberia National Olympic Committee (LNOC) under Borbor Gaye and Clemenceau B. Urey, and also worked for the former Liberia
Track and Field Federation (LTFF), now Liberia Athletic Federation (LAF) under Atty. Hector Hilton.
She covered the Sydney 2000 Olympics in Australia and the World Athletics Championship in Edmonton, Canada.
The Press Union of Liberia (PUL) regretted the death of journalist Jerome Toe, Publisher of the New Nation Newspaper.
The PUL described Toe’s death as another serious blow to journalism in Liberia.
Kamara described Jerome Toe as one who dedicated his life to journalism, whose absence leaves a great vacuum in the media community.
Toe worked with the state-owned Liberia Broadcasting System before starting the New Nation newspaper.