Member News (11/8/18): Longtime Free Lance-Star owner and publisher dies; a Daily Press reporter makes a return back; a scholarship for a fallen colleague and more

By | 2018-11-08T18:01:25+00:00 November 8th, 2018|
Former Free Lance-Star publisher, owner, past VPA president dies

Josiah Pollard Rowe III, who served as the longtime owner and publisher of the Free Lance-Star and who served two terms as Fredricksburg mayor and a term as VPA president, died Saturday. He was 90.

“He cared deeply about meeting the highest standards in every facet of his businesses, and that devotion inspired his staff — many of them decades-long employees — to care just as much,” said Ed Jones, who worked as an editor at the FLS for more than 45 years, in Rowe’s obituary. “We have lost an inspiring champion of our community with the passing of Joe Rowe.”

Daily Press reporter gets first byline since returning from a heart attack

Dave Ress wasn’t even supposed to be back to work until the day after Election Day.

But that didn’t stop the Daily Press reporter from filing his first story since having a heart attack while on assignment in August this past Sunday.

“Officially, my return date was Nov. 7, but a few days before that I got a heads up from a source about an important ruling in Attorney General Herring’s lawsuit against an Internet lender,” Ress said in an email. “So, to make sure we didn’t miss anything, I fired off an email detailing the ruling and the context to my editor, Eric Hartley, and fellow politics team member Marie Albiges.”

Ress said all the messages he received after the story was published meant a lot, but that he was also happy to be the first to get the story.

“It felt good, mostly because we were first with the story, but also because I got a ton of notes welcoming me back.”

Colleagues of Bryan DeVasher seek funds to establish scholarship in his name

Friends and former colleagues of Bryan DeVasher are raising funds to establish a scholarship in his name.

DeVasher, who worked in Virginia newspapers for more than two decades and also taught journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University and Hampton University, died last week of cardiac arrest.

For 10 years, DeVasher worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Before coming to RTD, he worked for 13 years at the Daily Press. Recently, he served as the managing editor at the Yorktown Williamsburg Daily.

DeVasher taught copy editing at VCU for the last six years.

DeVasher’s colleagues are seeking to raise $20,000, which will go toward an annual scholarship to be awarded “to a student who embodies the traits Bryan lived: a commitment to fair, accurate and compelling journalism.”

RTD hires a new sports reporter

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has hired a new sports reporter.

Quinton Mayo will serve as a sports reporter for the paper. He previously worked at ABC7 and CBS6.