Ann Woolner & Leonard Ray Teel
Dr. Leonard Ray Teel is a professor in the Department of Communication, specializing in international journalism and mass communication and in media history. His most recent book, Ralph Emerson McGill: Voice of the Southern Conscience (2001), won the Kappa Tau Alpha Frank Luther Mott Award. Into the Newsroom: An Introduction to Journalism, co-authored with Ron Taylor, has been translated into Arabic, Chinese, Spanish and Armenian. He is a co-founder and past president of the Arab-U.S. Association for Communication Educators and has conducted media workshops across the Arab world.
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By Ann Woolner & Leonard Ray Teel:
Writer, Editor, Friend
Editor’s note: Ron Taylor, a legendary journalist and a truly beloved member of the Like the Dew community, died the morning of May 31.
Dew writers would know him best as their night editor. Most nights for the past three years, Ron would take the submitted stories, edit, find art and turn them into Dew posts. He would look at the page and search for what was missing – seeking out other stories from a cadre of writers whose stories they trusted to Ron to repost or he’d “knock something out” to fill the hole. Then very late each night, it was Ron who hit the submit button to send our the morning Dewsletter. He didn’t do it for fame and certainly not for the money, Ron did it because of his friends.
His long-time colleagues and friends Ann Woolner and Leonard Ray Teel wrote this obituary, which was authorized by Ron’s family…