Pennsylvania biz reporter dies
Jeff McCready, a longtime business reporter at the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat in Pennsylvania, died Sunday at the age of 68 from lung cancer.
Arlene Johns of the paper writes, “McCready was a general assignment reporter until settling into the labor and industry beat. He took each assignment seriously and always did his best to produce fair and balanced articles – even when they occasionally angered someone.
“One large company president grew increasingly frustrated with how the business writer reported both sides of each issue – talking to the president as well as the union.
“He got so upset that one day he called McCready – just to tell him he was not talking to him anymore.
“The easy-going reporter got a big kick out of that and treated the company president with the same respect when he eventually started talking to him again.
“‘People trusted Jeff as a reporter and would confide in him things most people wouldn’t tell anyone else,’ Pam Mayer, former Tribune-Democrat publisher, said. ‘Business people knew they could trust Jeff to keep a confidential source. He knew everyone in town and people would give him incredible news tips.'”
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