R.I.P., Gordon Joseloff (1945-2020)
I today mourn the death of my longtime friend and former colleague, Gordon Joseloff, age 75. The former CBS TV News journalist in London, Moscow, and Tokyo under legendary Managing Editor Walter Cronkite, Gordon had previously worked for original United Press International (UPI).
Later, in his hometown of Westport, Connecticut, he founded, edited, and published WestportNowcom, one of the most successful online local news websites in the U.S. Indeed, he was so interested in the well-being of Westport that for eight years he relinquished his roles at WestportNow to run the town as its First Selectman from 2005 to 2013.
I knew Gordon as a fellow UPI alumnus (‘Unipresser’); as a fellow pioneer in online news (he was perhaps the eldest pioneer in those endeavors); and as a warm fixture in Connecticut, as well as national, journalism. I last saw him two years ago at the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists annual meeting, where WestportNow won a number of journalism awards..