Richard Reeves, Journalist and Author, Passes Away at the Age of 83

Reeves

Beloved Journalist Passes Away

On March 25, 2020, Richard Furman Reeves, an author and a journalist, sadly passed away. The cause of death is reported as cardiac arrest, according to his son Jeffrey Reeves. Prior to his death, the 83-year-old had received treatment for cancer.

His Early Years

Reeves was born in New York, New York to Furman W. and Dorothy Reeves, on Nov. 28, 1936. The author went to Stevens Institute of Technology Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1960.

Reeves’ Career

After graduating, he was hired as an engineer at Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, from 1960- 1961. From there, he went on to be a reporter for a few different places: Newark News (Newark, New Jersey), from 1963 to 1965, and the New York Herald Tribune (New York, New York) from 1965-1971.

He furthered his career by becoming the chief political correspondent in 1969. The journalist went on to become an editor/columnist and eventually a national editor/columnist. He became a lecturer for a few different Universities from 1969 to 1972. Reeves was a professor of political science from 1992 to 1994. After that, Reeves was the host of “National Broadcasting Company “ and the documentary “American Journey.”

His Awards and Honors

He received the Silver Gavel from the American Bar Association in 1968. In 1980, he won an Emmy for his documentary “Lights, Camera, Politics.” He also won several awards for some of the books he wrote. Reeves wrote books about United States Presidents: Kennedy, Nixon, and Clinton.

He is survived by his three children, Fiona, Cynthia, and Jeffery; stepsons Colin and Conor O’Neill; and his seven grandchildren. May he rest in peace.

By Sheena Robertson
Edited by Jeanette Smith

Sources:

The NY Times: Richard Reeves, Columnist and Author on Presidents, Dies at 83
Encyclopedia: Reeves, Richard 1936-
The World News: Richard Reeves, Columnist and Author on Presidents, Dies at 83
Stevens Instituts of Technology: Department of Mechanical Engineering

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