Express remembers an editor gone too soon

A FUNERAL service for Cooma Express editor Chris Reeves was held on Wednesday, April 9 at St Paul's Anglican Church, Cooma.

Chris passed away suddenly on Thursday, April 3, 2014.

He had been editor of the Cooma Express since February 2011.

Chris and his wife Helena moved to Cooma in 2006 where Chris ran his own small business prior to taking up a position as a journalist with the Cooma Express in April, 2010.

Prior to his role with the Cooma Express he was one of three people instrumental in resurrecting the Cooma Chamber of Commerce on which he held an executive position.

Chris began his professional career as a journalist on a regional weekly newspaper in the English Midlands, The Walsall Observer, later moving to London to write for and edit the news magazine, Time and Tide.

In Australia he worked for Fairfax as a write/sub-editor on People magazine before joining the Canberra Press gallery with a small, independent news agency.

Over time he rose to become chief political reporter for the Nine Network and also served on the board of the National Press Club for a number of years.

Chris worked in, and with the media, in a variety of roles, and achieved significant media exposure.

He also wrote a regular column for The Canberra Times under the pseudonym Guy Anderson and initiated the publication of a new monthly trade magazine, Australian Jeweller.

Earlier in his working life Chris was a special consultant to the Embassy of Japan in Canberra and worked as a information and liaison officer at the Australian High Commission, Fiji.

His working career combined a blend of journalism communications and public relations roles in both the public and private sectors.

Fairfax Media Group Manager Helen Esson said Chris' passing was a shock for us all.

"His death was most unexpected and we extend our full sympathies to his wife and family."

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Cooma Hospital Auxiliary.

Chris is survived by his wife Helena and their children and grandchildren.

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