Long-time Press-Enterprise recruiter dies

Via Ask the Recruiter, I found out that Riverside Press-Enterprise recruiter Ray Griffith died of a heart attack Wednesday. He was 58.

From the PE’s obituary (reg’ required):

Mr. Griffith’s 35-year career in journalism included previous stints as executive news editor of The Sun in San Bernardino from 1979 to 1987 and as managing editor of The Desert Sun in Palm Springs from 1987 to 1998.

He was persistent in luring skilled professionals to Riverside. Colleagues recounted how he might court a prospect for a couple of years by keeping in touch.

He also understood that diversity in hiring would add to the credibility and accuracy of the newspaper.

I interviewed at the PE for a reporter position, thanks to Ray, in late 2004 after seeing him at the CCNMA job conference. I probably should not have interviewed at such a big paper then, since I only had a year or so experience at that point, so it was pretty exciting that Ray thought I might possibly fit in there. I have to confess though – being a lifelong L.A. County resident, I was not excited at the prospect of moving to Riverside. But it was nice to know he saw the potential in me.

Here’s to a guy who gave a lot of young, green reporters a chance.