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July 20, 2017

Gar Joseph graduated from UCM was City Editor Philadelphia Daily News

‘Thank God the brain cancer waited for the Pulitzer’

Brain cancer forces Gar Joseph, longtime Daily News city editor, to the sidelines 

“He’s your old-fashioned, crusty, grouchy, funny, outrageous news figure. The kind of person everyone thinks of when they think of ‘the press, the character,’” says one of the Pulitzer-winning reporters he edited.
Joseph, left, in 2013, with Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker, the reporters behind the Philadelphia Daily News’ Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of police corruption in the city. Photo courtesy of Gar Joseph.
“We won a goddamn Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting under him. That’s like the Bad News Bears winning. It just doesn’t happen,” Ruderman says. “You don’t see him because he let me and Barbara have the glory.”

Gar Joseph ’69, ’71, a charter member of UCM’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter, is city editor of the Philadelphia Daily News. His weekly political gossip column, Clout, was cited by Philadelphia Magazine in 2006 as the best column in the city. He was rushed to Sigma Phi Epsilon - Missouri Theta, by Bob Goetz of Warrensburg. Today he is battling cancer. We wish Gar all the best from the SigEps at Missouri Theta Chaper, University of Central Missouri.

Gar Joseph with Barack Obama

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Gar Joseph 
Joseph grew up in a blue-collar family in northern New Jersey – he was born in Paterson – and read the New York Daily News from age 12. In 1965, Joseph graduated from Midland Park High School and moved to Warrensburg, Missouri, where he attended college and became the first in his family to receive a degree. Joseph began his time in print with a brief reporting stint at the Sedalia Democrat in Missouri. From ’71 to ’75, he was a reporter at the Kansas City Star, then the Asbury Park Press. After working for three years as assistant metro editor at the Wilmington News Journal, he joined the Daily News in August 1981.
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