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'MCN’ Deputy Editor Carol Jordan Dies at 49

New York— Carol Lynn Jordan, the longtime managing editor and deputy editor of Multichannel News magazine, died on Oct. 2 at a hospital in Cleveland, Ohio, after an illness. She was 49.

A professional reporter and editor for more than 26 years, Jordan had been a mainstay at the weekly trade publication since 1989, when she was hired as managing editor, coordinating editorial and production activities in New York City and three bureau offices.

She also oversaw the magazine’s “Readers Weigh In,” or guest editorial pages, which brought her into contact with many people and organizations in the cable industry. In 1998, she was promoted to deputy editor, and in 2001 was promoted again to group deputy editor for the Television Group, which also includes Broadcasting & Cable.

“Carol was not only the consummate professional but a dear friend to us all,” said Marianne Paskowski, former editor-in-chief of Multichannel News and now a contributing editor with the publication.

“To a large part, Carol was the glue that kept Multichannel News running so smoothly. She could anticipate a problem a mile away and make it go away before we tripped all over ourselves. We have lost a dear and much-loved colleague and friend.”

Born in Cleveland on July 1, 1956, she graduated from Glenville High School in Cleveland and from Ohio University in Athens, where she received a bachelor of science in journalism in 1979.

Her early career included a reporting stint at the Lake County Telegraph, in Painesville, Ohio, following internships at the Dayton Daily News and The Plain Dealer, in Cleveland. She did freelance public-relations work from 1982 until she became a reporter at American Metal Market, from which she moved to MCN. AMM and MCN are both former Fairchild Publications titles.

She was active in the New Hope Baptist Church in Jersey City, N.J., and in Mount Calvary Baptist Church, in Englewood, N.J., where she lived. She also helped raise funds for Hale House and the United Negro College Fund.

Survivors include her son, Jason Superville, age 15; her brother, Harold Jordan, of Cleveland; and her cousin, Patricia Warren, also of Cleveland. Funeral services were scheduled to be held in Cleveland this past Saturday and a memorial was in the works to be held in the New York City area later this month.

Kent Gibbons
Kent Gibbons

Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News.