Argus reporter found dead at home

By Dominic Ponsford

A
reporter described by his paper as “one of the most respected and
talented journalists in Sussex” has been found dead at his home.

Rowan
Dore, 56, started his career at the Harrow Observer before joining the
Brighton Evening Argus for two years until 1976. He then spent 21 years
with the Press Association reporting on political issues and Old Bailey
trials before rejoining The Argus in 1997.

Argus editor Michael
Beard said: “Rowan could turn his hand to any issue and he regularly
produced frontpage articles and exclusive stories.

“A true professional, Rowan was much loved by his colleagues. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Martyn
Willis, managing director of Newsquest (Sussex) Ltd, which owns The
Argus, said: “We are all deeply saddened by Rowan’s death. He was known
by so many people around Brighton and Hove and his home village of
Rottingdean. Rowan will be greatly missed.”

Dore leaves three daughters and a son. His wife, Sally, died in 1989.

Claire
Byrd, ex-news editor of The Argus and now regional media manager of EDF
Energy, said: “He was a proper, old-fashioned journalist who brought in
dozens of stories from his numerous contacts.”

Geoff Loader,
director of communications for Southern Water, told The Argus: “Rowan
was a journalist straight out of the regional paper old school –
totally dedicated to getting his story, but equally dedicated to making
sure he got that story factual, balanced and right.”

Sussex Police are not treating Dore’s death, on 15 December, as suspicious.

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