VIDEO: In His Own Words, Michael J. Feeney shows why he was the right person to lead the NYABJ What's The 411TV is using this video as one of its videos to pay tribute to the life of journalist Michael J. Feeney; he passed away on January 31, 2016, at the age of 32 years. In this video, Michael Feeney is talking to What's the 411TV's Andrew Rosario, as the new president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, The interview took place at a fundraising awards event for the NYABJ. Michael Feeney worked for the New York Daily News and was president of the New York Association of Black Journalists, where he helped young aspiring journalists enter the news business including those in NYABJ's high school journalism program. Originally from Teaneck, New Jersey, New York City had become Feeney's second home. As a young reporter for the New York Daily News, Feeney covered the "village" of Harlem in Manhattan. Michael Feeney had landed a new job as an entertainment reporter at CNN just prior to his death from a staph infection in his kidney. Just prior to his death from a staph infection in his kidney, Michael Feeney had landed his dream job as an entertainment reporter for CNN. He will be remembered as an exceptional journalist with tremendous promise and an outstanding leader who did not run away from adversity.