By: E&P Staff
Ron Patafio, the editorial page editor of The Journal News of Westchester, N.Y., has retired, the paper recently announced. Herb Pinder, currently an associate editor of the editorial page, will replace Patafio, who was a staff member of the News for forty years.
Patafio began his journalism career at The Daily Item–as the News was then called–in 1968. His time at the Item was briefly interrupted when he was drafted into the Army later that year. He served his time at Fort Bragg, N.C., for two years as an Army information specialist. Thereafter, Patafio returned to the Item, where his work as a municipal reporter eventually led to his appointment as city editor in 1974.
It was during that year that the community of Port Chester suffered a serious blow with the Gulliver?s restaurant fire, which killed 24 people. Later on, in 1988, Patafio also covered the controversial fight between Yonkers and the federal government over desegregated housing. He became the editorial page editor in 1995.
Pinder joined the News in 2003 after serving as a city hall reporter, associate editor, and government editor at The News Journal of Wilmington, Del. His role as editorial page editor will be expanded to that of community conversation/editorial page editor. This role will oversee the development of the paper?s Web site, which aims to engage community dialogue.