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RANDALL, Maya MAYA JACKSON RANDALL Maya Jackson Randall, age 33, resident of Cheverly, Maryland, passed peacefully in her husband's arms on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in Atlanta. Maya attended Lakeside High School in Atlanta; earned a Bachelor's degree in journalism summa cum lade from Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 2000; and a Master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Maryland in 2001. Maya was married to Jeremy Clayton Randall of Naperville, Illinois in 2003 and their son, Jeremiah was born in 2007. Despite her youth, Maya was an accomplished journalist: she held internships at Essence Magazine, Newsweek Magazine and the Wall Street Journal's Washington, D.C. bureau as a student. Her professional career began at Money Magazine in New York. She later returned to Washington as an associate editor for the Platt division of McGraw-Hill, covering the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In 2004, at age 25, Maya joined Dow Jones Newswires/Wall Street Journal to report on the energy industry, becoming one of the company's youngest reporters. In 2008, she was assigned to the U.S. Treasury beat, covering the nation's financial crisis. In 2010, Maya was selected as one of a few pool reporters to travel with former Treasury Secretary Timothy S. Geithner on an international information-sharing trip to London, Beijing and Abu Dhabi. Her knowledge of and ability to articulate emerging financial issues soon made her a sought-after source for print, radio and television interviews. Maya was diagnosed with plasma cell leukemia, a rare form of multiple myeloma, and began treatment at the University of Maryland-Baltimore (UMB) Medical Center in late 2009, including two stem cell transplants in 2010. Later that year, Maya and Dow Jones/WSJ colleague Michael R. Crittendon were recognized by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for their co-authored series of articles on unspent funds remaining in the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP). In late 2011, Maya broke the news of how President Barack Obama was moving toward making appointments during recess to avoid Congressional delays. Most recently, Maya's work focused on the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). During most of 2011, her cancer was in remission, but it returned in 2012. It wasn't unusual for her to be in a hospital bed or clinic chair while interviewing CFPB sources via Blackberry, including Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass) and current CFPB Director Richard Cordray. In late 2012 she sought treatment at the Winship Cancer Center at Emory in her hometown would be the best option for further treatment and participation in clinical trials. Maya is forever loved and survived by husband Jeremy; son Jeremiah; parents Harold and Lillian Jackson; brother Julian Jackson and wife Tiana; sister Candice Jordan and husband Calvin; sister Lauren Harris and husband Marcus; grandmother Constance R. Washington; father and mother in-law Jon and Louise Randall; sister in-law Kjirsten Randall; nieces Erin and Nina Randall; nephews Chandler Jordan, Alexander Jackson, Wyatt Jackson, Calvin Jordan Jr., and Heath Harris; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. Maya's Home-Going Ceremony will be at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at 11:00 a.m., preceded by viewing at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Hillandale Cemetery in Lithonia, Georgia. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her honor to the Maya J. Randall Memorial Fund, which will be established to support other young families impacted by cancer; to promote spiritual growth in times of challenges; and to provide opportunities for others to pursue her passion ñ journalism-- by creating an academic scholarship.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Feb. 27 to Mar. 1, 2013
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