John Begeny Obituary
John Begeny Obituary:The community is mourning the loss of John Patrick Begeny, a gifted storyteller and longtime host at public broadcasting station WETA who passed away peacefully on August 21, 2023 at age 54 after a brief cancer battle. John leaves behind a legacy of creativity and connecting with audiences across the Washington, D.C. region and beyond.
John Begeny Obituary: Early Life and Education
Born on September 23, 1968 in Rockville, Maryland, John was the son of Donald and Nancy Zahn Begeny. He grew up in Ellicott City and graduated from Mt. Hebron High School, later earning his business degree from the University of Maryland.
Launching His Media Career
John’s media career began in Arlington before he joined WETA, where he spent years engaging public broadcasting audiences. He co-hosted If You Lived Here and earned two regional EMMY awards for his programming work.
Passion for Production and Storytelling
From an early role on the movie Hairspray to co-directing Boiler Room, John pursued his passion for visual storytelling. At WETA, he relished connecting with viewers by sharing stories.
Valued Colleague and Friend
John is remembered by coworkers for his creativity, humor, and kindness. His enthusiasm was infectious, and he brightened WETA with his laugh and knack for bringing people together.
Loving Family Man and Friend
Beyond his career, John cherished spending time with close family and friends. He embraced his role as a devoted uncle to six nieces and nephews whom he regaled with stories.
Gifts for Cooking and Art
John generously shared his talents for cooking and art with loved ones. He also enjoyed thrifting for unique treasures and traveling when possible. His adventurous spirit enriched his storytelling gift.
Leaving a Legacy of Imagination
Though gone too soon at 54, John Begeny’s legacy lives on through his imaginative stories and the connections he forged with colleagues and audiences. His creative spirit touched countless lives. John will always be remembered for generously sharing his humor, talents, and heart.