Few journalists can lay claim to ownership of their industry’s most revered award, the Pulitzer Prize. Richard Aregood is among those exemplary individuals; he received the Pulitzer for editorial writing in 1985. Moreover, he is a three-time winner of the distinguished writing award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors (in 1985, 1991 and 1993) and the 1994 winner of the Scripps-Howard Newspapers Walker Stone Award. His illustrious career began as the editor/reporter/photographer for The Dix-McGuire Mirror, a now defunct weekly that served military bases in southern New Jersey. He went on to become a reporter and night city editor at The Burlington County Times, a stringer for United Press International and The New York World-Telegram and a police reporter at The Philadelphia Daily News during the height of former Mayor Frank Rizzo’s tenure. In 1975, Aregood became chief editorial writer of The Daily News, and then editorial page editor in 1978. He left Philadelphia in 1995 to become editorial page editor of The Star-Ledger in Newark, New Jersey.
Aregood was inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1993 and is a member of the Dean’s Council for the Rutgers-Camden College of Arts and Sciences.
The father of three children, he resides in Basking Ridge with his wife, Kathleen Shea.