The Press: Waterfront Reporter

In 1947, after 10 years of covering the Long Beach waterfront, the Los Angeles Examiner's hardboiled, cigar-chomping Ben Reddick hoisted his last drink at Shanghai Red's and moved to a more elegant section of the coastline. For $8,400, Photographer-Reporter Reddick had become owner, publisher and editor of the weekly Newport Harbor News Press. Far from succumbing to the easygoing ways of Newport's cruise-and-booze set, Newsman Reddick covered the town as if it were just another waterfront, turned his paper into an aggressive, news-packed triweekly (circ. 4,445) that not infrequently pinned back the Examiner's...

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