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Richard McCord

Founding Editor and General Manager

Santa Fe Reporter

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Santa Fe Reporter

132 E Marcy St

Santa Fe, New Mexico,87501

United States

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SFR also publishes special issues and magazine-style supplements that include seasonal guides to the best indoor and outdoor activities, an award-winning restaurant guide, and Annual Manual, the definitive locals' resource guide to living in Santa Fe. The di...more

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Journey Santa Fe | July 24, Sunday, 11 am

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Richard McCord
With Richard McCord Richard McCord co-founded the Santa Fe Reporter in June, 1974 with Laurel Knowles and acted as its editor and publisher for 15 years. McCord also is the author of The Chain Gang: One Newspaper Versus The Gannett Empire, a must-read for anyone interested in journalism, the Reporter or a gripping David versus Goliath tale.


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Santa Fe Living Treasures: Our Elders, Our Hearts, Volume II 1994 - 2008,by Richard McCord.
Richard McCord, Author Richard McCord entered journalism with a handwritten, loose-leaf classroom newspaper tacked to the fifth-grade bulletin board of his elementary school in Georgia. He was editor of his college newspaper in Tennessee, then took his first professional job at Newsday in New York, named by Time magazine as one of America's 10 best newspapers. After four years there he grew restless for adventure and wide-open spaces, and came to Santa Fe in 1971. He worked briefly for the daily New Mexican, then started the weekly Santa Fe Reporter in 1974. For 14 years he was editor and co-publisher, before selling the newspaper in 1988. During his tenure, the Reporter won more than 200 awards for excellence, more than 40 on the national level, often in competition with large dailies. Categories included general excellence, features, art, sports, advertising, photography, investigations, editorials, public service, special supplements, news writing, columns, medical writing, business writing and headlines. The National Newspaper Association named the Reporter America's second-best weekly. His editorials took top honors from the New Mexico and Albuquerque press associations, second place from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and runner-up for a Pulitzer Price. The international Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors gave McCord its lifetime achievement award. This is his third book.


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Richard McCord
With Richard McCord Richard McCord co-founded the Santa Fe Reporter in June, 1974 with Laurel Knowles and acted as its editor and publisher for 15 years. McCord also is the author of The Chain Gang: One Newspaper Versus The Gannett Empire, a must-read for anyone interested in journalism, the Reporter or a gripping David versus Goliath tale.


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Mr. Reporter | Founding editor Richard McCord | responsible for the maiden voyage
Mr. Reporter: Blame Canada, SFR's April Fools' tie-in, the Rockefeller connection and other Reporter-isms News Arts Music Food Movies Calendar Advertising About Dating SFR Around Town SFR Founding Editor and General Manager, Richard McCord. Mr. Reporter "It feels like it was just yesterday," Richard McCord says, pulling up a chair at a local coffee house and reminiscing about the journey that led him from dogged Newsday vet to New Mexico transplant and, eventually, founding editor and manager of the Santa Fe Reporter. Still toting a reporter's notebook in his back pocket, McCord recalls the ebb and flow of negotiations to buy the then Santa Fe News from owner Rudy Rodriguez. McCord mined just about every single advertiser in town, ringing them up personally. Upon returning to the house of a friend that had agreed to be the paper's advertising manager, McCord found a typed letter of resignation left next to the telephone. The operation hadn't even taken off the ground, and already it had lost a key staff member. Still, he was tenacious. Among the benefits of taking over an existing outlet, McCord says, were a base of advertisers, set distribution and offices outfitted with typesetting equipment and a darkroom. By then, the former editor of the New Mexican's Sunday magazine had exhausted every single penny he could come up with, including his own savings, and had camped for a lengthy amount of time to save on rent. Just a couple of hours before transferring ownership of the weekly shopper, an investor reneged on his $1,000 pledge. "A couple of hours before we signed the papers to buy the News, one of our investors pulled out. I had an escrow contract-everyone who had invested-if we didn't pull it off by a certain date, they were supposed to get their money back," he recalls, a hint of his Georgia twang still lacing his words. An old friend who had left Santa Fe for the Great White North had called one of his would-be staffers "out of the blue" and asked how was McCord doing. After hearing about the fall through, he wired the cash and saved the day. "I had­-to the dollar-what I needed at that point, went and closed the deal, and then we more or less were in business," he says. Reflecting, McCord wishes the brainstorming session had led to a better name. Looking back not just at his almost 15 year tenure as editor and the accolades and career-long brawls that followed, McCord still gets a twinkle in his eye when picking up and looking at that first edition. "Starting with this first issue," he says, pausing, "we set a whole new journalistic story here in town." His personal archive is now housed in an Italian leather briefcase, the same briefcase he took with him to a Salem, Ore., courthouse where papers regarding a conglomerate that had been instrumental in axing the local weekly, remained sealed. Days after this interview he dropped off the attaché at SFR headquarters. Aldrich, a single mother of three, had walked into McCord's office years earlier to ask for a job as a staff writer under her married name, Hope Spencer. After hiring her, McCord would find out that Hope was Hope Aldrich Rockefeller, eldest daughter of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller III. Looking back on his personal style as an editor, McCord is quick to shoot back, "I was great." On a more serious note, he continues, "We had cultivated excellent staff members, or were lucky enough to get excellent staff members. I gave a bunch of people their first writing job. Santa Fe was an excellent recruiter-because everyone wanted to come here." It is those "adventurers" that would oftentimes show up at the office unannounced asking for a job, among those that McCord remembers the fondest.


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Richard McCord founded the Santa Fe Reporter in 1974 and directed it until 1988.
Since then he has been a freelance author, columnist and editor. Recently he has focused on books about New Mexico, including Albuquerque's 300th anniversary and currently the history of the College of Santa Fe. " Saturday Morning at the Opera: It's New to Santa Fe, and Already It's the Place to Be."


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