Projo editor Dave Reid retiring
Dave Reid, one of the Projo’s most respected and well-liked editors, is calling it quits after a great career at the state’s largest newspaper.
Reid’s upcoming retirement has sent shivers through the Fountain Street newsroom, particularly among the journalists who report to him. A gentleman in a business where not everyone is, Reid has carved a fine career at the newspaper.
A Connecticut native, Reid has done very well in an array of positions at the ProJo. He has been a State House reporter, a labor reporter (yes there was once a labor beat) a city editor on the old Bulletin staff, a fine copy editor, a regional editor of the late East Bay edition, the paper’s sports editor and for a time he served as the hiring editor when the ProJo was hiring journalists to replace those who left for greener pastures. (This doesn’t much happen anymore).
Educated at Williams College, Reid is well-read and has an intellectual bent. “He was a hard worker, unflappable, a guy who was not panicky or grouchy and he took things as they came,’’ recalls M. Charles Bakst, who worked with Reid at the State House bureau.“He is a bright, bright guy. We used to say why not just make him the paper’s editor and be done with it.’’
Rare in today’s newsroom hierarchy, Reid was respected by reporters, in part, because he was once a good one who reported at a fairly high level. He had good story ideas and trusted reporters without the micro-managing so many journalists on Fountain Street grouse about these days. And he had a sense of humor, a necessary element in a good editor.
Says Carol J. Young, retired ProJo deputy executive editor, “He’s super smart, good natured and extraordinarily patient, a combination that makes him the kind of editor reporters respect and adore.’’
On Politics wishes Dave and his lovely wife, Lu Cribari, all the best in retirement.