Jack Zink, Carbonell Awards founder dies of cancer on Monday

August 19th, 2008 - 10:39 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

photo from his blogFounder of the Carbonell Awards and one of South Florida’s longest-serving arts journalists Jack Zink, died of complications from cancer Monday, Aug. 18, 2008. He was 61.

He also was the Sun Sentinel’s voice of theater and the arts for nearly four decades.

After a cancer diagnosis last November, he continued to work covering theater, classical music and arts news for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Born in Lorain, Ohio, Zink started his first journalism job at age 10 as a delivery boy for the Lorain Journal. After earning his journalism degree at Ohio State Universityใ Mr. Zink started working for the Miami Herald in 1969 as its Broward County lively arts editor.

”I figured I could get paid every week for writing,” he said recently — he found his passion when he got a 1968 internship at Ohio’s Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

He worked for The Miami Herald’s Broward County until 1971, then he shifted to the Fort Lauderdale News until 1982 and to the Palm Beach Post from 1983-85 and then returning to the News/Sun-Sentinel. He spent the remainder of his career at the Sentinel, where he reviewed and wrote about theater, classical music, movies, television, books, opera, nightclubs, arts politics and popular music. He also Known as the region’s correspondent for the showbiz trade journals Variety and Daily Variety for three decades.

In 1977, he founded the Carbonell Awards — the annual awards for theater in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties and was honored twice with the organization’s George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.

Zink lived in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is survived by his wife Cynthia, a hospice nurse and former art gallery director; daughters Derika Zink of Niceville, and Susan Fuguet of Minneapolis; stepson Vincent Marino of Winston-Salem, N.C., and stepdaughter Mary Marino of Bryson City, N.C.; brothers Patrick Zink, Edward Zink and Jeff Zink, and sisters Carol Bruening and Mary Ann Rivera.

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