Longtime Boston Globe reporter Gloria Negri received the Master Reporter award from the New England Society of Newspaper Editors on Thursday night, in honor of a distinguished career that has included stints as a columnist and foreign correspondent.
“It was a great honor to be recognized by such a prestigious group,’’ Negri said in a phone interview after the ceremony.
Thomas Farragher, editor of the Globe Spotlight investigative team, nominated Negri for the award. He said the award is “a tribute to her pioneering newspaper career as columnist, foreign correspondent, and longtime crafter of the fine phrase.’’
Among the stories Farragher tells about Negri’s career is the time she went jogging with Joe Frazier before one of his seminal bouts with Muhammad Ali. Another recounts how she drank bourbon with Lady Bird Johnson during the 1964 presidential campaign.
Farragher said Negri’s career began at the Jewish Advocate and included stops at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, the New Bedford Standard-Times, the Miami Herald, and the Globe, where she has reported for more than four decades and currently serves as an obituary writer.
Negri said Thursday night that for her, career highlights included reporting assignments for the Globe and the Rand Daily Mail in South Africa in the 1970s.
The New England Society of Newspaper Editors also honored Kate Flock of Gatehouse Media and Gordon Daniels of the Daily Hampshire Gazette, who won the Master Photographer prize; Priyanka Dayal of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, recognized as the regional Rising Star; and Salem News publisher Karen Andreas, who won the Judith Vance Weld Brown Spirit of Journalism Award.