Nikki Finke, Deadline's Founder and Journalist, dies at 68

Nikki Finke, Deadline’s Founder and Journalist, dies at 68

Blogger, journalist, publisher, and author Nikki Jean Finke was from the United States. She served as a consultant to Jay Penske’s Penske Business Media LLC and a senior editorial contributor for PBM.

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Deadline’s founder and iconoclastic journalist Nikki Finke passes away at age 68

After a protracted illness, Nikki Finke, a courageous journalist who helped launch the Hollywood trade website Deadline and transformed entertainment reporting, passed away on Sunday morning in Boca Raton, Florida. She was 68.

The deadline verified Finke’s demise. A tribute to Finke was offered by Jay Penske, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Penske Media Corporation, who bought Finke’s blog in 2009.

“At her best, Nikki Finke embodied the spirit of journalism, and was never afraid to tell the hard truths with an incisive style and an enigmatic spark,” said Penske. “She was brash and true. It was never easy with Nikki, but she will always remain one of the most memorable people in my life.”

Finke began her reporting career in 2002, covering everything from Moscow (for the Associated Press) to Washington, D.C. (for Newsweek). In an effort to better cover breaking news, she took her Deadline Hollywood column online in March 2006 as Deadline Hollywood Daily. Finke put an unusually merciless spotlight on the studio executives and powerful agents who manage the business rather than on celebrities or content.

Writers’ Strike

Her take-no-prisoners approach made her site a must-read in a media ecosystem Finke saw as excessively fawning and credulous. She was not afraid to call out what she believed to be poorly thought out or subpar decision-making in the bluntest possible terms.

Deadline Hollywood Daily’s status as the main media outlet for the business was established by Finke’s assiduous coverage of the writers’ strike in 2007 and 2008. She would post at all hours, update stories on the fly, and occasionally even covertly change facts when her original scoops did not work out.

Her early, innate understanding of the relentlessly quick and aggressive metabolism of digital journalism overturned a century of dominance by traditional trade publications Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. Her articles frequently began with Finke’s distinctive “TOLDJA” screaming from the headline, reminding readers that she had been the first to report on an official declaration or confirmation.

Nikki Finke Age, Family, and Early Life 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Finke, who was Jewish, welcomed Finke into the world on December 16, 1953.

nikki finke age

Finke grew up in the affluent village of Sands Point in Nassau County, New York (on Long Island).

Nikki Finke Career, What was her Profession?

Finke began her reporting career in 2002, covering everything from Moscow (for the Associated Press) to Washington, D.C. (for Newsweek). In an effort to better cover breaking news, she took her Deadline Hollywood column online in March 2006 as Deadline Hollywood Daily. Finke put an unusually merciless spotlight on the studio executives and powerful agents who manage the business rather than on celebrities or content.

Her take-no-prisoners approach made her site a must-read in a media ecosystem Finke saw as excessively fawning and credulous. She was not afraid to call out what she believed to be poorly thought out or subpar decision-making in the bluntest possible terms.

Deadline Hollywood Daily’s status as the main media outlet for the business was established by Finke’s assiduous coverage of the writers’ strike in 2007 and 2008. She would post at all hours, update stories on the fly, and occasionally even covertly change facts when her original scoops did not work out.

Her early, innate understanding of the relentlessly quick and aggressive metabolism of digital journalism overturned a century of dominance by traditional trade publications Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. Her articles frequently began with Finke’s distinctive “TOLDJA” screaming from the headline, reminding readers that she had been the first to report on an official declaration or confirmation.

Associated Press (AP)

Following Wellesley, Finke’s first position was in the Washington, D.C. office of New York congressman Ed Koch. Finke claims that she became a reporter because of the way Koch and his employees “would genuflect on journalists”. Finke joined the Associated Press (AP), working on the foreign desk at the New York City headquarters, Baltimore, Boston, Moscow, and London while covering Koch’s winning 1977 New York City mayoral campaign. Later on, Finke was employed by The Dallas Morning News.

She began working for Newsweek as a correspondent in Washington and Los Angeles before becoming a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times where she covered features and entertainment.

Which school and college did she go to?

She graduated from Wellesley College.

Nikki Finke Net Worth, How much does she earn?

Finke has an estimated net worth of $4 million U.S dollars.

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Nikki Finke Husband, What is her relationship?

Finke dated Jeffrey W. Greenberg for fourteen years. The couple was engaged in 1980, got divorced in 1982, and got engaged in 1974.

Is she available on any social media platforms?

Nikki Finke was on Instagram as @nikkifinkebollywood.

Physical Appearance of Nikki Finke’s Height, Weight

HeightFeet: N / A
Meter: N / A
Centimeter: N / A  
WeightKilogram: N / A  
Pounds: N / A  
Hair ColourBlonde
Eye ColourHazel
Body type Fit
Sexual OrientationStraight

Interesting facts about Nikki Finke’s which should be known

NationalityAmerican
EthnicityWhite
Zodiac SignN / A
Net Worth$4 million
Single/ In a relationship/Married/DivorcedDivorced
Current SpouseNone
ChildrenN / A

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