- The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2007

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Catherine Seipp, a conservative columnist and media critic who wrote for Buzz magazine and National Review Online, has died. She was 49.

Mrs. Seipp, a nonsmoker, died March 21 of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said her father, Harvey Seipp.

She was diagnosed five years ago and wrote about her illness on her blog, “Cathy’s World.”

Mrs. Seipp, a Republican, weighed in on conservative hot-button issues ranging from Hollywood liberals to government recognition of homosexual “marriage.”

Born in 1957 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was a longtime Los Angeles resident.

She worked for the Associated Press, the California Apparel News and the Daily News of Los Angeles.

In the 1990s, she began writing a column for now-defunct Buzz magazine that humorously skewered the Los Angeles Times.

After leaving Buzz, she wrote columns for Mediaweek, United Press International and Salon and was a regular guest on CNBC’s “The Dennis Miller Show.”

Most recently, she wrote a column called “From the Left Coast” for National Review Online and a monthly column for the Independent Women’s Forum.

On a blind date, she met Jerry Lazar, who was editor of an airline magazine, according to the Los Angeles Times.

They married in 1986 and had a daughter three years later, but the couple separated in 1990 and later divorced. She never remarried.

One of her final goals was to see her daughter, Maia, off to college. Maia finished high school in three years and enrolled at University of California at San Diego last fall.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Seipp is survived by her father, Harvey Seipp; mother, Claire Ungerleider; and sister, Michele Seipp.

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