Hays, Constance L. 1961–2005

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Hays, Constance L. 1961–2005

(Constance Mary Laibe)

OBITUARY NOTICE—See index for CA sketch: Born August 8, 1961, in New York, NY; died of cancer, December 5, 2005, in New York, NY. Journalist and author. Hays was a reporter for the New York Times. Having spent part of her childhood in Hong Kong, where her father worked for the Exxon oil company, she developed an interest in Asia that led her to major in Asian studies at Harvard University. She graduated with a B.A. in 1983, then entered journalism by joining the News and Observer newspaper in Raleigh, North Carolina. In 1986, she was hired by the New York Times, first as a clerk and then as a city reporter. Hays's specialty was business reporting, and she covered such stories as the Martha Stewart trial. Her only book, The Real Thing: Truth and Power at the Coca-Cola Company (2004), won best management book from Strategy and Business magazine.



New York Times, December 7, 2005, p. C19.