Remembering Sarah Portlock Fellman

For: Sarah, Sam and Aviva Fellman
New York, NY
Organizer: Sarah's WSJ family
Remembering Sarah Portlock Fellman (Sarah, Sam and Aviva Fellman)
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The Story

Our beloved friend and colleague Sarah Portlock Fellman passed away Nov. 6, 2017, after a long, brave struggle to recover from a traumatic brain injury in late March. Sarah and Sam's beautiful baby girl, Aviva, went home this summer after spending 100 days in the NICU. She is happy, healthy and thriving. We know Sarah's memory and legacy will live on in Aviva. Please consider making a contribution to help ease the family's burden, and keep sending them your prayers and love during this difficult time.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 9, 2018


Posted on May 9, 2018

Dear family and friends,
Thank you again for your extraordinary love and generosity this past year. It was a great blessing that I was able to spend time with Sarah and Aviva without ever becoming worried about our finances amid so much stress, trauma and tragedy. 
Your generosity has helped my family in so many ways. When Aviva first came home in July, I hired Joanne as a live-in nanny. She managed in three months to nearly double Aviva's size and to train her to sleep through the night. Yes, Aviva's still a sound little sleeper (most nights). I also was able to hire Latoya afterwards as a full-time nanny, who ensured Aviva had the same routines and care that Joanne had begun. 
Your generosity also allowed me to focus on Sarah's health and learning to be a father, without having to immediately go back to work despite a mounting stack of bills. Many of you sent meals, diapers, formula and much more to keep my little family going, and for all this I am immensely indebted.
I am also so grateful to Sarah's Wall Street Journal colleagues for harnessing so much generosity and love at a time we all needed to come together; it is exactly what Sarah would have done for any of us.
How are things now? One-year-old Aviva is thriving. She began day care a week ago and is finger-painting, listening to ukulele players and closer to walking every day. She's got a lot going on, but is still thrilled to see me when I pick her up. And I'm back to work in a job I was made for.
We're planning two commemorations in coming weeks as an opportunity for us all to reconnect and remember our extraordinary Sarah and her legacy -- in New York City on May 23rd, and in Washington, D.C., on June 9. 
You can find out more information by following our memorial Facebook page here.
Hope to see you soon,

Posted on April 6, 2018


Posted on April 6, 2018

Spring is finally here and now not-so-little Aviva is crawling and toddling around my apartment like the precocious 25 pounds of joy that she is. It is the right season to gather and remember the incredible journalist, friend and mother who brought Aviva into this world one year ago and carried so much light into our lives.

With the help of friends and colleagues, we are planning celebrations of Sarah later this spring in both New York and Washington, D.C. We'll use this as a time to share memories of our beloved Sarah and also announce additional ways we will be working to honor Sarah’s legacy and life. We hope you'll join us for one, or both! If you're interested in being a part of the planning committee, please reach out to Meredith or Kate.

More information will be posted in the coming weeks on our new Facebook page remembering Sarah. Please 'like' the page to stay up to date.  


Wednesday, May 23rd

6-9 p.m.

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Contact: Meredith Kennedy, [email protected]


Saturday, June 9th

1-4 p.m.

American News Women’s Club

Contact: Kate Davidson, [email protected]

With love and grief,


Posted on February 14, 2018


Posted on February 14, 2018

Sarah found beauty around her every day and shared it with all of us once a year on Valentine's Day. 

This year's​ ​hearts collage is the work of many inspired by her extraordinary life.

Unlike so many previous years, 2017 wasn’t a year of travel, adventures and opportunities. Still we drew together and found hearts all around us. In signs and street murals. In cardboard and concrete. In pretzels and salad bowls. Amid stressful and tragic times, Sarah helped us see there are things of beauty if only we’ll look.

Even in our despair and heartbreak, we know there are hearts all around us.


Sam and Aviva

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