Journalist Roy Reed, Who Covered Civil Rights Movement, Dies

Dec 11, 2017

Roy Reed during a 2013 interview on AETN.
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An Arkansas-born journalist and author who covered one of the key events of the civil rights era has died.

Roy Reed died Sunday night at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, according to his wife, Norma Reed. He was 87.

Roy Reed reported on the civil rights movement during the 1960s for the New York Times and in 1965 witnessed what became known as "Bloody Sunday" when police and others beat black marchers in Selma, Alabama.

Reed earlier worked for the Joplin Globe in Missouri and for the Arkansas Gazette. He left the New York Times in 1978 and returned to Arkansas where he taught journalism at the University of Arkansas.

Norma Reed said funeral services are pending.

Survivors include his wife, a son and a daughter and five grandchildren.