Aviva Okeson-Haberman, 24, was about to start a new beat covering criminal justice and social issues for the Kansas News Service, according to her employer, KCUR 89.3 FM.
“She was an especially beloved friend and colleague just beginning what promised to be a brilliant career,” the station said in a statement.
Okeson-Haberman was found when a colleague who had not heard from her went to check her apartment on Friday.
She was taken to the hospital but never regained consciousness and died over the weekend.
She joined KCUR in June 2019 as the Missouri politics and government reporter, having interned at the station a year earlier and impressed the newsroom with her work ethic, diligence, conscientiousness and eagerness to learn.