About Chris Reed

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Chris Reed is an editorial writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune, a job he’s had since 2005.

From October 2009 to November 2011, he was the host of “Top Story” on KOGO 600 AM San Diego, a weeknight news talk show. In October 2011, his show was honored by the San Diego Press Club in the best interview/talk show category.

From 2006 to 2010, Reed was venting at America’s Finest Blog on the U-T website.

Before joining the Union-Tribune in 2005, he was the opinion-page columns editor and wrote the featured weekly Unspin column for The Orange County Register. Reed was on the national board of the Association of Opinion Page Editors from 2003-2005.

During his seven years at the Register, his posts included working as editor of the newspaper’s daily page covering the war on terrorism in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and as a government-politics reporter.

From 2000 until joining the Union-Tribune, Reed was a featured news analyst on host Larry Mantle’s acclaimed “Air Talk” show on Los Angeles-area National Public Radio affiliate KPCC-FM, making more than 100 appearances. He also taught journalism at the University of La Verne.

From 1990 to 1998, Reed was weekend editor, news editor and metro columnist at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin in Ontario.

Reed worked as a news and sports reporter, movie critic, news editor and editorial writer for Hawaii newspapers from 1983 to 1990, primarily at the Hawaii Tribune-Herald. He has a political science degree from the University of Hawaii (Hilo campus), where he edited the student newspaper, the Vulcan News, his senior year and was honored by the student government for outstanding achievements as editor.

Reed was named the Inland Empire’s outstanding news columnist in 1995, 1996 and 1998 by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also won honors from SPJ, the Society of Newspaper Design and other journalism groups for his pop culture essays, film criticism, sportswriting, graphics reporting and page design.