By: E&P Staff
Neal Cocchia, former editorial chief at The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., died Aug. 26 after a brief illness. He was 93.
Cocchia dropped out of Central High School when he was 15 to work as a copy boy for the Newark Sunday Call, where he soon became a reporter covering schools and writing feature stories, according to the Star-Ledger.
Cocchia had joined the Star-Ledger in 1939, the year the Ledger and Star-Eagle were merged, and first achieved prominence covering Newark City Hall, the paper reported, noting that it was there that Cocchia met his wife of 59 years. Frances Cocchia, who worked for the Central Planning Board, in offices next to the pressroom, is now a retired Superior Court Judge.
Neal Cocchia retired as editorial page editor of the Star-Ledger in 1995.