‘Dean Of Brooklyn Reporters’ Dennis Holt Dies At 77

Dennis Holt, a longtime columnist and staff writer for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and sister publication Brooklyn Heights Press, died at age 83 77 Thursday after complications from a fall in his home on May 14. He had suffered broken ribs and a blow to the head, made worse by a blood thinner he had been prescribed.

After serving many years as press advisor to a number of elected officials, including former Rep. Stephen Solarz, Holt was one of the founding editors of the Brooklyn Phoenix newspaper in 1972. In the mid-1990s, when the Brooklyn Daily Eagle was revived and merged with the existing Brooklyn Daily Bulletin, he became a senior editor and columnist. He was an active contributor to the Eagle family until his fall, writing the “Brooklyn Broadside” column and other features.

Born in Kansas, Holt moved to Boerum Hill with his wife 40 years ago and raised his family there. Holt has been called a Brooklyn treasure—like Junior’s cheesecake—and the Dean of Brooklyn reporters.

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz released the following statement this morning:

I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of longtime Boerum Hill resident Dennis Holt, a veteran columnist and writer who really set the gold standard for journalism among Brooklyn reporters. In addition to his informative reporting for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle and other publications during his storied career, Dennis had a keen political insight that he developed as a press advisor to elected officials such as Brooklyn Congressman Stephen Solarz, also of blessed memory. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dennis’ work and he always gave me and this office a fair shake—he was the antithesis of today’s ‘gotcha’ style of ‘journalism.’ On behalf of Dennis’ loyal readers and all Brooklynites, I extend my condolences and prayers to his wife, Susan, and children, Debbie and Matthew, as we mourn the passing of a true Brooklyn legend.

Read more in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle here.

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  • lois

    So sorry to hear of Dennis Holt’s death. His contributions will be sorely missed.

  • Homer Fink

    Rest well, Mr. Holt.

    You and the Eagle staff have been and will always be a great inspiration for all of us here at BHB.

    Thank you for your significant contribution to Brooklyn’s local media.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    This is a very sad day. I feel privileged to have had a few opportunities to talk with him at the Wine Bar on Henry at lunch time. He was a regular customer there for lunch and was always happy to engage in conversation about the neighborhood. A truly intelligent and great guy. I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing. A great loss for all us who love Brooklyn.

  • Maris Holt

    He was 77. Thank you all for the kind words.

  • Park Lover

    So sorry to hear about Dennis– we’re both from Birmingham and often compared notes– he was at the same school as my aunt, and only a couple of years apart.

  • davoyager

    He served his community like no one else. Whoever said “a Brooklyn treasure—like Junior’s cheesecake—and the Dean of Brooklyn reporters.” got it spot on.
    Goodbye Dennis: Thank you for the decades and the good work.

  • Susan Aiello

    I met Dennis over 20 years ago while I worked on Montague Street. He was a patient in my office, Heights Vision Center. A wonderful interesting person I was always so glad to see and talk to. I am so saddened to hear of his passing and will miss him. My condolences to his wife, children and family. Rest in peace Dennis.. You were one of my favorite people on Montague Street. Your work was pure excellence…

  • Allen Swerdlowe

    Dennis was a great friend to the Fulton Ferry Community and our needs during the 80’s and 90’s. His writings helped give weight to the community and promoted the establishment of Brooklyn Bridge Park. I always loved running into him in the neighborhood — even after I moved in 1994.

    He was a friend, confident, and wonderful sounding board to discuss issues of importance in that era. I will personally miss him.