It is with a heavy heart that we let our readers know that Justin Shamlou, a beloved Grit Daily Senior Staff Writer, passed away tragically on Monday after suffering a seizure. Justin was a bright light on the Grit Daily team. He showed passion and dedication in every project he worked on, and the mark he left on our team will not be forgotten.
I began working with Justin personally in February 2020 on a pop up event for Miami Music Week before it was, unfortunately, cancelled at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Justin and I bonded over our mutual love for electronic music, and he was excited to begin working in an industry that allowed him to see the music world from a new perspective. Though Grit Daily is not a music blog, Justin brought new enthusiasm to the range of topics that we cover and introduced us to new music each week in his column, Sunday Sesh.
Justin was a dedicated journalist and passionate reporter that contributed over thirty pages of content in only a year at Grit Daily in addition to his freelance work elsewhere. His understanding of the industry came naturally, but his empathy for others helped him understand that, often, reporting is not about the ego of the reporter but about creating positive change for those that would not otherwise have a voice.
For months he worked on a piece about Southwest Airlines employees that felt they were being exposed to unsafe working conditions during the pandemic, and though he was eager to finish the story he wanted to make sure it was done right. His latest work, a piece on social justice within the healthcare industry, was something I was looking forward to reading ever since he initially pitched the project in October.
It was a pleasure to work with Justin on a regular basis. Justin was both talented and eager, two traits that told me he was at the very start of what would have been a flourishing career. On behalf of the Grit Daily team, we would like to express our deepest condolences to Justin’s family and will never forget the impact that Justin had on each of us.
You can read Justin’s author biography below and check out some of his great work here.
Justin Shamlou is a Senior Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in Miami, he covers international news, consumer brands, tech, art/entertainment, and events. Justin started his career covering the electronic music industry, working as the Miami correspondent for Magnetic Mag and US Editor for Data Transmission.Justin Shamlou, Biography
In lieu of flowers please donate in the memory of Justin Shamlou to: Concussion Legacy Foundation – Dr. Ann McKee’s CTE Research