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lences to the family
of senior T&T
Sandra Chouthi, who
died after a long bat-
tle with cancer.
In a statement, Per-
"Sandra was a true
beacon of integrity in
journalism. Her ded-
ication was an inspi-
ration to many young
reporters who worked
and grew under her
"Perhaps her most
admirable trait was
how well she epito-
mised the modern,
she made balancing a
demanding career and
her personal life
appear so effortless."
She said Chouthi
took her work seri-
ously, never wavered
in her mission to
bring the truth to her
readers, and was well
regarded for her com-
mitment to excel-
"On behalf of the
Trinidad and Tobago,
I extend my deepest
condolences to Ms
friends and media
thoughts and prayers
are with you at this
time. May she rest in
peace," the PM said.
In a release yester-
day, the Media Asso-
ciation of T&T
Chouthi as a commit-
ted journalist, tireless
press freedom sup-
porter and a truly
special human being.
It said her col-
remember her as a
nalist who took her
quality work on tight
maintaining a warm
was a fun-loving and
welcome fixture at
media gatherings and
other social events.
Her vibrant person-
ality and infectious
smile will be deeply
missed by colleagues,"
T&T Guardian journalist and asso-
ciate business editor Sandra Chouthi
had a deep and passionate commit-
ment to journalism.
This was something agreed upon
by her friends, family and colleagues
as they described her yesterday, fol-
lowing her death at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex, Mt Hope.
Chouthi passed away shortly after
3 pm, having been warded at the hos-
pital over the weekend for treatment
related to her illness.
Chouthi, 49, had been living with
cancer for some time.
Yesterday, colleagues across the
media industry remembered her for
her warm smile, loving spirit and will-
ingness to help others.
Colleagues said Chouthi had all the
qualities that made a good journalist:
She was passionate, curious, thorough,
helpful and had a love of writing.
Although she worked for the T&T
Guardian for the past 13 years, Chouthi
was a journalist for close to 30 years,
starting at the Trinidad Express in
She left T&T for a few years to
attend Ryerson University, before
returning in 1989, where she contin-
ued at the Express and started working
at the T&T Guardian in 2001 as a fea-
Her brother Premnath yesterday
confirmed numerous statements that
journalism was her passion.
"She was destined to be a journal-
ist. When she was in secondary school
she would submit articles to the public
opinion columns in the newspaper.
She would clip them out whenever
they were published and it was those
articles that got her the job at the
Express," Premnath said.
"She loved her job. Even when she
was sick or had another family com-
mitment she would make sure she
put work first. She was committed
and dedicated to her work.
"She was also committed and ded-
icated to people. Sandra would look
for a poor child every August and pur-
chase books and give to the parents.
She donated clothes to homes and
lived a simple life. She was very pas-
sionate about the environment," he
added. Chief Editor of the Business
Guardian, Anthony Wilson, said
Chouthi would be remembered by her
T&T Guardian colleagues as a gifted
journalist and an engaging and creative
editor, blessed with the ability to work
quickly and accurately. "Sandra was
a dedicated professional who worked
long hours putting the Business
Guardian to bed on Tuesday nights
and Wednesday mornings.
"She was also someone who devel-
oped a passion for recycling quite
recently but most of all, Sandra will
be remembered for her warmth and
kindnesses, such as her provision of
coffee for the newsroom."
Chouthi's close friend Natasha Said-
wan said Sandra was a confidante.
"She had a respect for everyone
and she accepted everyone for who
Chouthi's colleague and Express
Editor Deborah John described her as
a lovely person who had a wonderful
spirit. "She was eager, always thor-
ough, professional and interested in
getting the story done in the right
"Sandra was a beautiful person who
reached the heights of her profession
at the Guardian."
Senior political reporter Richard
Lord described Chouthi as one of the
more genuine and helpful journalists
that he had worked with.
"She helped me with a lot of my
stories over the years. Today is a very
sad day for our profession. It is a
The funeral is carded for 9.30 am
tomorrow at the house of mourning
at Bamboo Village, Valsayn, then the
Caroni cremation site.
Guardian's Chouthi loses fight with cancer
FLASHBACK: T&T Guardian associate business editor Sandra Chouthi, third from right, holds court with some of her
colleagues during a meeting last year.
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