Jeffrey Ressner, Politico and Rolling Stone Journalist, Dead at 56

Ressner most recently wrote about the nexus between Hollywood and Washington for Politico

Journalist Jeffrey Ressner, who covered entertainment and politics for four decades at outlets like Rolling Stone, Politico and Time, died Saturday, June 28, at St. John’s Hospital in Los Angeles. The cause of death was heart failure. Ressner, who had been hospitalized earlier in the month for treatment of edema, was 56.

Ressner was born in Lakewood, N.J., and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism. He got his start as a messenger at the just-launched L.A. Weekly, working his way up to contributing editor. He moved on to the trades with stints at Cash Box and the Hollywood Reporter.

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He went on to a 14-year career with Time Magazine, profiling luminaries from movie stars to media moguls, and most recently joined Politico, where he covered the intersection of Hollywood and Washington, D.C.

Ressner is survived by his sister, Lise Olsen, stepmother Roz Ressner and his partner, Rina Echavez.