A private service was held recently for Milwaukee Courier Editor-in-Chief Lynda Jones-Reyes who passed away Saturday, May 10. She was 52.
Jones-Reyes was the oldest daughter of Courier Publisher and WNOV 860 radio station owner Jerrel Jones and Earnestine Jones.
A native of Milwaukee, Jones-Reyes was a graduate of the University School of Milwaukee. She also participated in the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism’s summer program during high school. She went on to earn a BA in Journalism at Marquette University.
Jones-Reyes was the editor-in-chief of the Milwaukee Courier Newspaper. Although she achieved the position in 2004, she was a lifelong member of the Courier family. When she was three years old, her father founded the Courier.
Jones-Reyes lovingly referred to the paper as her “other sibling” and from the age of six could be found there, assisting and eventually leading the staff.
She was dedicated to her craft and an active member of the Black publishing community throughout her career.
In a press statement, Cloves Campbell, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) chairman, expressed his sorrow upon hearing of Jones-Reyes’ passing on behalf of the Board of Directors of the trade organization which represents America’s Black press.
“Lynda was very active in NNPA events and conferences up until recently. She was always an eager participant and her personality would always light up a room.
Our condolences go out to Gerald Jones’s family and the entire staff at the Milwaukee Courier. Lynda will be sorely missed by us all.”
Community Journal Publisher Patricia O’Flynn Pattillo expressed her and the newspaper’s condolences to the Jones family. “Lynda was a committed communications’ servant who has worked diligently to continue the legacy established by her father and their family. She will be missed.”
Prior to her work as Editor-in-Chief at the Milwaukee Courier she resided in Atlanta, for several years, working as the editor of the Atlanta Courier Journal and a licensed realtor. She then relocated to Chicago in 1989. During her fifteen years in Chicago, she worked in real estate development and owned several businesses.
Mrs. Jones-Reyes is survived by her loving husband, Alex Reyes; children Alexis and Ari Reyes, all of Milwaukee, WI; parents Jerrel and Earnestine Jones, Brown Deer, WI; siblings Stacey Solakian, Alexandria, VA: Jerrel Jones, Boston, MA; Ernest Jones, Madison, WI and Mary Ellen Jones, Brown Deer, WI; and beloved niece and nephew Eleanor Solakian and Samuel Jones.–Article courtesy of Urban Media News
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