CT Journalism Hall of Fame: Reid MacCluggage

Reid MacCluggage served as publisher of the New London Day from 1984 to 2001. MacCluggage was the first New London Day publisher who was hired from outside the paper. He oversaw the expansion of the paper’s coverage from the city of New London to include Norwich and some of the surrounding towns.

MacCluggage got his start in journalism as a reporter at The Hartford Courant after graduating from the University of Hartford in 1961. Over the next 21 years at the Courant, he held a variety of editorial positions, including

bureau chief, copy editor, magazine writer and state editor. He became assistant managing editor of the Courant in 1973 and was promoted to managing editor of the paper in1982. MacCluggage was named editor, publisher and president of The Day two years later.

He has been a Pulitzer Prize juror, director of the Associated Press Managing Editors association, president of The Associated Press Connecticut Circuit and president of the New England Associated Press News Executives Association.
MacCluggage has also served as a director of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, chairman of the American Society of Newspaper Editors Human Resources Committee, and vice president of The Task Force on Minorities in the Newspaper Business. He was President of the Associated Press Managing Editors association from 1997-1998. He has received the University of Hartford Distinguished Alumnus Award and the Yankee Quill Award, presented by the Academy of New England Journalists.

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