Sports journalist Terez Paylor has died suddenly, age just 37. Terez Paylor’s longtime girlfriend and fiancée Ebony Reed broke the news on Tuesday. Who is Ebony Reed?
Who is Terez Paylor’s longterm girlfriend Ebony Reed?
Currently, Ebony Reed works for the Wall Street Journal as the newspaper’s New Audiences Chief. She started in the position in July 2019.
She has used her platform for, among other things, promoting her fiancé’s radio show, The Terez Paylor Show, a football discussion podcast.
Before joining the WSJ, Reed was director of innovation at the Donald W Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism. In this position she also taught courses in leadership and media sales.
Previously, she put in six years at The Associated Press, an American non-profit news agency based in New York City.
Originally, however, Reed started her career as a reporter at The Plain Dealer, a major regional newspaper serving Cleveland, Ohio.
Her education is in journalism and media management. She attended the Missouri School of Journalism before going on to work there.
In her role at the WSJ, she recently approached the National Bar Association (NBA), which represents 60,000 black legal professionals, “to engage their members in an audience-driven project” with the Journal.
Her intention was to “bring more diverse audience voices into the news process”.
RIP Terez Paylor: What happened?
Ebony Reed said in a statement on Tuesday: “While we are shocked and saddened by Terez Paylor’s sudden passing, we also celebrate his extraordinary life that touched so many.”
“Terez was an exceptional journalist whose passion for football made him a respected voice”, she continued. “His legacy will leave an enduring impact on sports journalism, the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs, and their fans.”
”More important, Terez was a devoted son, grandson, brother, an adoring fiancé, and a wonderful friend to so many. To know him was to love him.”
Twitter tributes poured in, commemorating Paylor and celebrating his contributions to the industry.
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