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 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

Posted on November 12, 2017

Posted on November 12, 2017

A webcast of the service for Sarah Portlock Fellman is available for those not able to join us at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Manhattan:
Memorial ID is:     16714
Password is:        5YGDP
Enter the Memorial ID and the password, as well as your name. Just a first name will suffice.

Sam also shared this information: 

Friends and family are welcome to join us after the Sunday service until 7 p.m. to celebrate Sarah's life on the fourth floor of "The Riverside" at 180 West 76 Streetand again on Monday from 4-9 p.m. at 166 Bank St. Apt. 6Cin Manhattan's West Village. Ring the downstairs buzzer for Simmons/Gressel.

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