Argus star reporter found dead

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 front page 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 by everyone.”
 
Dore leaves 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.”
 
According to Sussex police, Dore’s death is not being treated as
suspicious.
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