BuzzFeed Staff Remembers Michael Hastings

The journalist died Tuesday at 33. He was loved and respected by his colleagues at BuzzFeed.

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Jonah Peretti

@peretti

Shocked and devastated by the news of Michael Hastings death. He was a great reporter and person. I’ll miss him.


Doree Shafrir

@doreeshafrir

I am devastated by the news about Michael Hastings. http://t.co/5eIROJbT6j


Scott Lamb

@scottlamb

At a real loss. Michael Hastings was an inspiring human being, a great colleague, a fierce reporter. He will be so very missed.


Scott Lamb

@scottlamb

“Mainly you really have to love writing and reporting. Like it’s more important to you than anything else in your life.” — @mmhastings

There isn't a single reporter who worked with Michael, myself included, who wasn't in awe of his fearlessness and talent. He'll be missed.

— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins)

McKay Coppins

@mckaycoppins

There isn’t a single reporter who worked with Michael, myself included, who wasn’t in awe of his fearlessness and talent. He’ll be missed.

RIP Michael, you will be truly missed. Thank you for being my friend and colleague.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

Andrew Kaczynski

@BuzzFeedAndrew

RIP Michael, you will be truly missed. Thank you for being my friend and colleague.

Michael in HS where he was class president before being dismissed for saying "shagadelic" over the PA system.

— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)

Andrew Kaczynski

@BuzzFeedAndrew

Michael in HS where he was class president before being dismissed for saying “shagadelic” over the PA system.

I'm honored and proud to have called Michael Hastings my friend and colleague. Rest in Peace brother

— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn)

john r stanton

@dcbigjohn

I’m honored and proud to have called Michael Hastings my friend and colleague. Rest in Peace brother

One of my favorite memories of Michael Hastings is winning $200 bucks on a horse named Libel after the VP debate w/ @RosieGray and @hreins

— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn)

john r stanton

@dcbigjohn

One of my favorite memories of Michael Hastings is winning $200 bucks on a horse named Libel after the VP debate w/ @RosieGray and @hreins

I remember looking at Hastings and saying, "well obviously we have to bet on Libel. I'll go get us more shots, you place the bet."

— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn)

john r stanton

@dcbigjohn

I remember looking at Hastings and saying, “well obviously we have to bet on Libel. I’ll go get us more shots, you place the bet.”

Michael bought us Bloody Marys with the winnings https://t.co/qpIZ4n54ya

— Hillary Reinsberg (@hreins)

Hillary Reinsberg

@hreins

Michael bought us Bloody Marys with the winnings https://t.co/qpIZ4n54ya

You know who was afraid of Michael Hastings? Anybody who answered the phone and heard "hey it's Hastings. What's up with ..."

— john r stanton (@dcbigjohn)

john r stanton

@dcbigjohn

You know who was afraid of Michael Hastings? Anybody who answered the phone and heard “hey it’s Hastings. What’s up with …”

I hope we all can promise to Michael Hastings to be a little less scared, take a bigger risk, be a little more honest.

— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos)

Katie Notopoulos

@katienotopoulos

I hope we all can promise to Michael Hastings to be a little less scared, take a bigger risk, be a little more honest.

Hastings and I sat next to each other when we first came to BuzzFeed. I learned more from overhearing him yelling at Twitter than anything.

— Katie Notopoulos (@katienotopoulos)

Katie Notopoulos

@katienotopoulos

Hastings and I sat next to each other when we first came to BuzzFeed. I learned more from overhearing him yelling at Twitter than anything.

I didn't know Michael very well, but I know there aren't a lot of reporters like him.

— Shani O. Hilton (@shani_o)

Shani O. Hilton

@shani_o

I didn’t know Michael very well, but I know there aren’t a lot of reporters like him.

It was an honor to work with Michael for the brief time I did. The conversations I had with him were always amazing.

— Ryan Broderick (@ryanpbroderick)

Ryan Broderick

@ryanpbroderick

It was an honor to work with Michael for the brief time I did. The conversations I had with him were always amazing.

I rang in the new year at Michael’s, sitting on the roof just trying to keep up with his amazing brain, one wild anecdote after another.

— Summer Anne Burton (@summeranne)

Summer Anne Burton

@summeranne

I rang in the new year at Michael’s, sitting on the roof just trying to keep up with his amazing brain, one wild anecdote after another.

Rest in Peace Michael. I'm proud to have worked with and known you, you'll be incredibly missed.

— lauren yap (@itslaurenyap)

lauren yap

@itslaurenyap

Rest in Peace Michael. I’m proud to have worked with and known you, you’ll be incredibly missed.

lucky enough to have worked closely with Hastings on a piece. Man knew how to lob an F bomb and report the F out of a story. I'll miss him.

— E McMorris-Santoro (@EvanMcSan)

E McMorris-Santoro

@EvanMcSan

lucky enough to have worked closely with Hastings on a piece. Man knew how to lob an F bomb and report the F out of a story. I’ll miss him.

I was very proud to work for the same news organization as a journalist and man like Michael Hastings. He'll be missed. Rest in peace.

— Matt Kiebus (@mjkiebus)

Matt Kiebus

@mjkiebus

I was very proud to work for the same news organization as a journalist and man like Michael Hastings. He’ll be missed. Rest in peace.

It was an honor to work with Michael Hastings and I feel privileged that I was able to learn from him. Rest in peace.

— Ellie Hall (@ellievhall)

Ellie Hall

@ellievhall

It was an honor to work with Michael Hastings and I feel privileged that I was able to learn from him. Rest in peace.

Hastings was a one-of-a-kind reporter and incredibly supportive colleague. He was brave and brilliant and I feel lucky to have known him.

— jessica testa (@jtes)

jessica testa

@jtes

Hastings was a one-of-a-kind reporter and incredibly supportive colleague. He was brave and brilliant and I feel lucky to have known him.

Terribly upset at this news, was an honor to work with him. RT @BuzzFeedBen: Michael Hastings has died: http://t.co/V2zOwAKw1J

— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner)

Chris Geidner

@chrisgeidner

Terribly upset at this news, was an honor to work with him. RT @BuzzFeedBen: Michael Hastings has died: http://t.co/V2zOwAKw1J

Michael & I spent the week at the DNC living together. His work speaks for itself; he also was remarkably kind. RIP. http://t.co/V2zOwAKw1J

— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner)

Chris Geidner

@chrisgeidner

Michael & I spent the week at the DNC living together. His work speaks for itself; he also was remarkably kind. RIP. http://t.co/V2zOwAKw1J

Incredibly saddened by today's news.

— Cates Holderness (@catesish)

Cates Holderness

@catesish

Incredibly saddened by today’s news.

I didn’t know Michael well but I know what he means to everyone here. Proud to be in a room full of people who look to him as an example.

— Steve Kandell (@SteveKandell)

Steve Kandell

@SteveKandell

I didn’t know Michael well but I know what he means to everyone here. Proud to be in a room full of people who look to him as an example.

goodbye to one of the kindest people i've ever met and to a man i looked up to. it was an honor to know you my friend http://t.co/052rFLpIyD

— Dave Stopera (@davestopera)

Dave Stopera

@davestopera

goodbye to one of the kindest people i’ve ever met and to a man i looked up to. it was an honor to know you my friend http://t.co/052rFLpIyD

RIP Michael Hastings, one of the greatest journalists of the past decade or two, and a truly amazing and fearless person.

— Matthew Perpetua (@perpetua)

Matthew Perpetua

@perpetua

RIP Michael Hastings, one of the greatest journalists of the past decade or two, and a truly amazing and fearless person.

Michael was my colleague at both Rolling Stone and BuzzFeed, and responsible for some of the best work ever published by either.

— Matthew Perpetua (@perpetua)

Matthew Perpetua

@perpetua

Michael was my colleague at both Rolling Stone and BuzzFeed, and responsible for some of the best work ever published by either.

What an amazing reporter and friend. Michael Hastings, there are no words to describe how much we will miss you. http://t.co/a4OAQrW9Mk

— Ashley McCollum (@McCollumAshley)

Ashley McCollum

@McCollumAshley

What an amazing reporter and friend. Michael Hastings, there are no words to describe how much we will miss you. http://t.co/a4OAQrW9Mk

I spent many days worrying what Michael would say on TV, many evenings laughing with him about it afterwards.

— Ashley McCollum (@McCollumAshley)

Ashley McCollum

@McCollumAshley

I spent many days worrying what Michael would say on TV, many evenings laughing with him about it afterwards.

Rest in peace Michael. A fearless reporter, great friend, and huge inspiration to me and many others. http://t.co/tTMTb3Kkwa

— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray)

Rosie Gray

@RosieGray

Rest in peace Michael. A fearless reporter, great friend, and huge inspiration to me and many others. http://t.co/tTMTb3Kkwa

Hastings taught me a really important lesson. Don't be afraid of anyone in power. The obligation is to the public.

— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray)

Rosie Gray

@RosieGray

Hastings taught me a really important lesson. Don’t be afraid of anyone in power. The obligation is to the public.

too upset to tweet

— Whitney Jefferson (@twitney)

Whitney Jefferson

@twitney

too upset to tweet

Hastings rocked. He LOVED corgis and was legit one of the coolest, nicest people I've ever met. That's it.

— Matt Stopera (@mattstopera)

Matt Stopera

@mattstopera

Hastings rocked. He LOVED corgis and was legit one of the coolest, nicest people I’ve ever met. That’s it.

deeply sad. love to all Hastings friends and family. he was totally fearless. http://t.co/9yNcDSVBy6

— KateNocera (@KateNocera)

KateNocera

@KateNocera

deeply sad. love to all Hastings friends and family. he was totally fearless. http://t.co/9yNcDSVBy6

It was an honor to know Michael. Rest in peace, my friend. RT @BuzzFeedBen Michael Hastings has died http://t.co/dzbyEKbmWF

— Dorsey Shaw (@dorseyshaw)

Dorsey Shaw

@dorseyshaw

It was an honor to know Michael. Rest in peace, my friend. RT @BuzzFeedBen Michael Hastings has died http://t.co/dzbyEKbmWF

wish I got to know this amazing reporter and corgi papa. love to everyone. http://t.co/IN5aarFPJe

— chelsea marshall (@theseamar)

chelsea marshall

@theseamar

wish I got to know this amazing reporter and corgi papa. love to everyone. http://t.co/IN5aarFPJe

"...how much more he lived in thirty-three years than most people live in a lifetime." Michael Hastings Dead at 33 http://t.co/aByE2KC0qr

— Adrian Carrasquillo (@RealAdrianC)

Adrian Carrasquillo

@RealAdrianC

“…how much more he lived in thirty-three years than most people live in a lifetime.” Michael Hastings Dead at 33 http://t.co/aByE2KC0qr

When BuzzFeed moved to our current office our row was @BuzzFeedBen, Michael Hastings, @katienotopoulos and me. I'll never forget that. #RIP

— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes)

Mike Hayes

@michaelhayes

When BuzzFeed moved to our current office our row was @BuzzFeedBen, Michael Hastings, @katienotopoulos and me. I’ll never forget that. #RIP

Just know everyone (myself included) would flock to Hastings when he would walk into a room, desperately trying to hear what he had to say

— Samir Mezrahi (@samir)

Samir Mezrahi

@samir

Just know everyone (myself included) would flock to Hastings when he would walk into a room, desperately trying to hear what he had to say

I hardly knew Michael Hastings -- I'm a @BuzzFeed newbie -- but his gutsy reporting is inspiring, a gold standard. http://t.co/bC1BpHDiRg

— Jordan Zakarin (@jordanzakarin)

Jordan Zakarin

@jordanzakarin

I hardly knew Michael Hastings — I’m a @BuzzFeed newbie — but his gutsy reporting is inspiring, a gold standard. http://t.co/bC1BpHDiRg

I met Michael Hastings one time. He was as unassuming, humble and kind in that one interaction as any reporter I have ever met.

— BuzzFeedBenny (@bennyjohnson)

BuzzFeedBenny

@bennyjohnson

I met Michael Hastings one time. He was as unassuming, humble and kind in that one interaction as any reporter I have ever met.

I'll miss having Michael Hastings as a co-worker at BuzzFeed.

— BuzzFeedBenny (@bennyjohnson)

BuzzFeedBenny

@bennyjohnson

I’ll miss having Michael Hastings as a co-worker at BuzzFeed.

I only knew Michael briefly, but he was amazingly kind, and an inspiring reporter. RIP. "Missing Michael Hastings" http://t.co/5c2XVzmPRU

— Erin (@LaRosaKnows)

Erin

@LaRosaKnows

I only knew Michael briefly, but he was amazingly kind, and an inspiring reporter. RIP. “Missing Michael Hastings” http://t.co/5c2XVzmPRU

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