Tributes have been pouring in for former editor and award-winning journalist Keith Newbery who died on August 2 after a short illness.
Keith was well respected and had a huge following among readers with his weekly columns syndicated to many English regional newspapers – including his popular Something To Say column in the Gazette, which ran until April last year..
His no-holds-barred, trenchant observations on life struck a chord with many as he railed against injustice, pettiness and all things annoying.
At the age of ten, Keith told his mother he wanted to write ‘like Peter Wilson’, who was then the best-known sports columnist on the Daily Mirror.
Keith went on to become a junior district reporter for the then Portsmouth Evening News in 1969, joined the sports desk in 1971 and four years later became the founder editor of the Isle of Wight Weekly Post. At the same time, he was writing sports columns, television columns, celebrity interviews and opinion pieces for a number of newspapers.
He was an associate editor of The News until becoming editor, later executive editor, of the Chichester Observer series in 1992, and later also took overall editorial responsibility for its sister titles before he retired.
His career was entirely in local newspapers for, despite winning national awards for his sports and entertainment writing, Keith realised people like himself could have much more influence on the communities in which they served than national newspapers.
He received an MBE for services to journalism in 2004.
Keith lived in Winford on the Isle of Wight with his wife, Denise. He also leaves two children, Mark and Samantha, and a granddaughter, Betsy.