Few reporters in North Carolina have the gravitas of Mark Binker, who covered state government for WRAL for five years before his recent move to The News & Observer‘s N.C. Insider newsletter. Binker, who died suddenly Saturday at the way-too-damn-young age of forty-three, was a dean of the state press corpssmart, dogged, fair, and universally respected. He was the best of us. There will be a service at the Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh at three p.m. on May 12. If you’d like to support the wife and two sons he leaves behind, a YouCaring fundraising page has been set up. As of Tuesday morning, 171 supporters have raised nearly $11,000.

This article appeared in print with the headline “+RIP, BINKER.”