- June 9, 2022
Brad Liston Has Died
Editor’s note: NASA KSC PAO has received word that Reuters space reporter Brad Liston died early Tuesday morning.
Frances Kerry, Reuters Bureau Chief, Miami: “I am extremely sad to say that Broward “Brad” Liston, a talented and much-admired central Florida and Cape Canaveral freelance reporter for Reuters for nearly a decade, died suddenly on Tuesday after being taken ill with pneumonia. He was 47.”
From Reuters’ internal website: Passing of Brad Liston, FLA Freelancer for Reuters
Frances Kerry, Reuters Bureau Chief, Miami
I am extremely sad to say that Broward “Brad” Liston, a talented and much-admired central Florida and Cape Canaveral freelance reporter for Reuters for nearly a decade, died suddenly on Tuesday after being taken ill with pneumonia. He was 47.
Brad, who grew up in north Florida dreaming of becoming an astronaut, provided Reuters with top notch space copy, covering the shuttle missions with a deft and colorful touch up to and including the Columbia disaster in 2003, as well as a host of other NASA events. He had been eagerly looking forward to covering the shuttle’s return to flight next year and had been carefully charting NASA’s preparations for this.
Brad’s copy always flowed well and was easy to work with, avoiding technical jargon and stressing human angles to bring alive a topic that has legions of eager readers. He was unfailingly enthusiastic, professional and pleasant, even when called on to chase stories at the last moment, or when turning his life upside down to cover night-time action during space missions.
His home near Orlando was hit several times over the summer by the series of Florida hurricanes, but even without electricity, he still managed to send us notes and quotes on the storms. He won many fans and friends around the company, and at Time Magazine where he also worked as a freelance writer, for his big heart and breadth of knowledge.
Brad’s first love was his family — he leaves a wife and three young children — and he was also a voracious reader, a fine cook and a keen traveler.
His wife, Barbara, has asked that in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to his church. Brad’s memorial serice will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, 225 South Interlachen Ave, Winter Park, FL, 32789.