Emerson Professor Struck, Killed By Commuter Rail Train

BEVERLY, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Emerson College community is mourning the loss of an associate professor who was struck and killed by an MBTA Commuter Rail train Tuesday.

Associate Journalism Professor Moses Shumow had just joined the school's journalism faculty this fall.

"We would like to express our deepest condolences to Professor Shumow’s wife, Rose, his three children, and to his family, friends, colleagues, students, staff and others who mourn his loss," a statement from the school to the Emerson community read.

MBTA Transit Police said they responded to the Beverly Depot station around 8:20 a.m. for reports that a man on a bicycle was struck as he tried to ride through the pedestrian cut-through.

MBTA Transit Police are still investigating.

Shumow graduated from Emerson in 2001 from the school's MA in Broadcast Journalism program. He taught journalism and media at Florida International University for nine years, and produced documentaries for PBS, National Geographic, History Channel, and Discovery.

"Moses was passionate about the role of media in vulnerable and marginalized communities, and he was deeply excited to return to Emerson and to engage his students in this important work," the school wrote. "The fact that his life and his work were cut short this morning is an unimaginable tragedy."

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