Member News (12/20/18): Longtime Va. newspaper reporter dies; buyouts at the Pilot, Daily Press; RTD editorial editor leaving

By |2019-01-03T13:41:16+00:00December 21st, 2018|

Longtime Virginia newspaper reporter dies

Vic Bradshaw, a longtime Virginia newspaper reporter who worked at the Winchester Star, the Daily News-Record, the Martinsville Bulletin and the Daily Progress over his career, died last week of a heart attack. He was 57.

“Vic was everything you would want in a journalist,” said Winchester Star managing editor Cynthia Cather Burton. “He was tenacious, painstakingly thorough and conscientious. There wasn’t a story he couldn’t handle.”

Bradshaw started his reporting career in sports, working at the Martinsville Bulletin and the Daily Progress. From there, he went on to work two stints at the Daily News-Record as a business reporter, from 2000 to 2003 and then again from 2014 to this past June. From 2009 to 2014, Bradshaw worked for the Winchester Star covering local government.

Bradshaw also worked at newspapers in Maryland and South Carolina.

“His work was always great,” said Daily News-Record editor Jeremy Hunt. “He was our best reporter, incredibly reliable.”

Newsroom employees accept buyouts at Pilot, Daily Press

Ten newsroom employees from the Virginian-Pilot and three from the Daily Press have accepted buyouts from Tribune Publishing Co.

Some of the individuals who accepted voluntary-buyouts are Pilot columnist Roger Chesley, business reporter Robert McCabe and political reporter Bill Bartel. At the Daily Press the two individuals accepting buyouts are history writer Mark Erickson and photographer Judy Lowery.

Earlier this month two longtime editors for the Pilot, Bill Henry and Carl Fincke, also accepted buyouts. Combined, the two worked at the Pilot for more than 65 years.

In other departments at the Pilot, employees are accepting severance packages that run up to 52 weeks depending on length of service.

“I consider myself fortunate to have lasted so long, remaining in the profession in which I studied at Howard University,” Chesley, who worked at the Pilot for 18 years, wrote in his final column. “It’s no small thing. I don’t take it for granted. I’m not sure what comes next. I figure it will involve helping people, doing research, maybe giving advice.”

RTD editorial editor leaving

Bob Rayner, the editorial page editor for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, is leaving the newspaper in February.

Rayner began serving as the editorial page editor this past June after the previous editor, A. Barton Hinkle, accepted a job at Dominion Energy. Rayner has worked on the editorial staff at RTD since 2007 and has been with the paper full-time since 1996.

“I’ve had a fabulous career at the Times-Dispatch, have made more friends than I could count on 20 hands, and will love the paper till my dying day. It’s been quite a party,” Rayner said. “But I’ve been pondering a more leisurely lifestyle for a while now, and there’s nothing leisurely about daily newspapers in the internet age. So I’m going to take a little siesta.”