Reggie was a dear colleague, mentor, and friend to many of us, as well as a loving father and husband. His passion for strengthening the transatlantic relationship through the lens of the media led to the creation of the Transatlantic Media Network, a program which touched the lives of countless journalists across the US and Europe and will continue to impact people for generations. Reggie dedicated his life to increasing ties among European and American journalists, knowing that in doing so people on both sides of the Atlantic would gain greater awareness and respect for the other's characteristics, cultures, and societies.
He believed strongly that the journalists who came through this program would act as force-multipliers, amplifying to their constituents back home a less biased and more accurate view of America and Americans based on their personal experience in the US. The legacy of his program is incredible: as of late-2018, 60 fellowships had been awarded to journalists from 19 countries across Europe. In a time where the media and our transatlantic relationship are particularly at risk, such work is needed more than ever.
As we mourn the loss of an incredible person, we ask that you consider honoring Reggie by donating to an organization for which he cared greatly, the Disabled American Veterans charity.
Should you want to pay your respects in person, Reggie’s family will be holding a service on Sunday, September 23 at 3pm at Piedmont Episcopal Church in Madison, VA (214 Church St, Madison, VA 22727). Flowers and cards may also be sent to this address. If you cannot attend but wish to share a message with Reggie’s family, please get in touch with Denise Forsthuber at email@example.com.