Posted: March 14th, 2014
Edited from Martin Stellman’s obituary in The Guardian
My friend ANGELA PITTS, who died in February in Tarifa, southern Spain, aged 72, was a respected and award-winning investigative journalist with a big heart.
Angela began her long and varied journalistic career in the 1970s, working at the New Zealand tabloid, Truth. She went on to work as a reporter for the London Evening Standard, The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph.
It was her later investigative work with Paul Foot at the Daily Mirror, alongside Margaret Renn and Bryan Rostron, of which she was most proud. She also made regular contributions to Private Eye, filing many of the Eye’s stories about Robert Maxwell.
A tall, striking woman with a deep, velvety voice and vivid blue eyes, Angela caught the eye of Not the Nine O’clock News and Alas Smith & Jones comedian Mel Smith, and they were partners from 1978 until 1984.
She touched everyone who knew her and her humour, warmth and wisdom will be greatly missed by her diverse circle of friends.
Angela is survived by her children, Andrew and Virginia, and their daughters, Georgia and Ella.
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