Richard Aregood received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1985. He is a three-time winner of the distinguished writing award of the American Society of Newspaper Editors 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, the New York World-Telegram, among others; and a police reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News during the height of former Mayor Frank Rizzo’s tenure. In 1975, Mr. 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.
Aregood was inducted into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni in 1993. He 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, New Jersey, with his wife, Kathleen Shea.