Casey Feldman, 21, of Springfield, a senior at Fordham University and an award-winning student journalist, died July 17 at the Atlantic City Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained when she was struck by a van in Ocean City, N.J. This website is dedicated to her memory and will archive contributed stories, photos, audio & video to ensure that her friends and family can revisit these anytime they want to in the future. Feldman was born April 6, 1988, the daughter of Joel Feldman and Dianne Anderson and the sister of Brett Feldman. She was raised in Springfield and graduated from Springfield High School in 2006. An honors student, Feldman was multi-talented, acting in theater productions and singing in the chorus. She poured most of her energy into writing and journalism, anchoring the school's news program, writing and editing the school newspaper and serving as senior editor of the yearbook. She also was the lead critic from Springfield High School for the Greater Philadelphia Region Cappies, a theater review and writing program.
Feldman also graduated from the News Studies internship program at KYW News Radio and completed an internship at CBS Channel 3 Television News during her high school years. Feldman earned the Pennsylvania National Merit Commended Student award, was a member of Springfield High School 800 Club for having achieved a perfect score of 800 on the Verbal section of the SAT, was an award recipient in the National Language Arts Olympiad, among other academic distinctions. Casey was also an accomplished equestrian and horse owner and won many awards through competing in the Chester County Horse Show Association.
Frank McKnight, principal of Springfield High School and Feldman’s fifth grade teacher, said, “Casey was a wonderful person overall, and she had so many friends because she was genuinely kind to everyone. I know her family is equally liked by the community. The whole school community is grieving for the Feldman family.”
Soon after arriving at Fordham, where Feldman majored in communication and media studies, she joined The Observer, the newspaper at the Manhattan campus, getting her first news bylines as a freshman, becoming an assistant news editor as a sophomore and news editor as a junior. In June, she was named a finalist for the 2009 Chandler Award for Student Writer of the Year in Religion, sponsored by the Religion Newswriters Association. During her time at Fordham, Feldman continued to secure internships, earning bylines from AM New York, The News of Delaware County and Philadelphia Style. This fall, she was to have begun an internship at NY1, a Manhattan-based television station. "Casey was an enormously talented, endlessly curious and deeply ethical young reporter," said Elizabeth Stone, a journalism professor at Fordham and faculty adviser to the campus paper. "She knew a good story idea when she saw it, she had her Google alerts in place to make sure she didn't miss it, and she had the energy and skill to turn a good idea into a publishable article. Casey's friends knew that her favorite quote was a line of H.L. Mencken's--'I know of no human being who has a better time than an eager and energetic young reporter.' And I know of no eager and energetic young reporter who took that more to heart than Casey.”
During her time as a student in Manhattan, Feldman made time to volunteer at the West End homeless shelter, Momentum Soup Kitchen, and Animal Haven Shelter. In addition to her parents and brother, she is survived by her grandparents Martin and Winnie Anderson of Vineland, NJ and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Casey’s name can be made to the following organizations:
* * Springfield High School Student Theater Workshop, c/o John Guildea, 49 West Leamy Ave., Springfield, PA 19064
* * German Shepherd Rescue of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 9012 Cargill Lane, Philadelphia, PA 19115
* * Animal Haven Shelter, 251 Centre St, New York, NY 10013-3214
This site is still under construction. If you would like to view a variety of pictures of Casey provided by the Feldman family, please click on the link below.
* * Casey Feldman SmugMug
A few of the articles published shortly after her passing:
* * The Observer Mourns the Loss of its News Editor
* * Fordham Notes: Casey A. Feldman, 1988 - 2009
* * Casey Feldman, 21, former intern at amNewYork, is struck and killed...