Joan Friedenberg, Web consultant, 53
Joan Maura Friedenberg of Bethesda, who owned a new media consulting firm, died Nov. 29 from the effects of a number of ailments, including Lyme disease. She was 53.
Born in Richmond, Friedenberg earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and a master’s degree, also in communications, from Boston University.
She worked for a number of media organizations including McNeil/Lehrer Productions, ABC News and National Public Radio.
In 1995, she became the founding editor of the Online NewsHour, the Web site for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In 2003, she started her own new media consulting firm, Joan M. Friedenberg LLC, in Bethesda.
Friedenberg was a member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Rockville and the Ashburton Elementary School Parent-Teacher Association.
She is survived by her husband, Jonathan Salant; her son, Isaac Salant; and her mother, Lorraine Friedenberg of Rockville.