Connecticut biz reporter French dies at 71
Howard French, a longtime business reporter at the Journal Inquirer in Manchester, Connecticut, died Friday at age 71 after 34 years at the paper.
Alex Wood of the Journal Inquirer writes, “French had been the JI’s business reporter for many of those years, and Harlan Levy, who worked with him in covering business, praised his skill in the field.
“‘Howard was an integral member of the JI family who worked not only as a business reporter but also as a fill-in editor,’ JI News Editor Kimberly Phillips said. ‘Whenever he was asked to do something — edit a story, make a phone call, proofread a page — he never had an excuse why he couldn’t. He always obliged for the sake of the newsroom and played an important part in helping things run smoothly each day.
“‘He will be missed,’ she said.
“French had been filling in as an editor in the days before his death. He showed his usual sharp wit as he joked with reporters about stories, then moved those stories efficiently along the line toward publication.”
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