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James R. Hagerty brings dead people back to life, and more

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You could say The Mentors Radio host Tom Loarie’s guest mentor, renown WSJ Obit writer James R. Hagerty, brings dead people back to life—capturing the extraordinary lives of both the successful and the obscure and the significant lives of optimism, resilience, audacity, generosity, and humor that they led.

But the truth is, Hagerty does much more.

The 30-year veteran reporter, editor and bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal and the International Herald Tribune in Hong Kong, London, Brussels, Paris, Atlanta and New York, and author of “The Fateful History of Fannie Mae,” is no stranger to award-winning writing. He’s written about everything from real estate, economics, bond markets, furniture, Belgian beer, English plumbing and even Hong Kong criminals, but for Hagerty, none of it compares to his Obituary writing.

In this episode, Hagerty talks about invaluable lessons he’s learned from those on whose shoulders we stand, how reading Obits can help us live our own best lives, and why he loves what he does today. Find Show Notes here. Listen to show below or, even better, subscribe to The Mentors Radio podcast — it’s FREE! — here.

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