When Eugene Roberts Jr. became editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the then-twenty-nine-year-old Lovelady was one of his first hires. Lovelady, with many others, helped Roberts build a not-so-great daily in 1972 into a prime example of what a regional metropolitan newspaper could be with serious money, talent, and drive.

After the Inquirer, Lovelady worked as an editor-at-large for Time Inc., and as a freelance editor, for Mother Jones among other outlets, before coming to CJR, which he left in 2006 when CJR funding went through a fallow period.

A memorial service will be held in the spring. Contributions in Lovelady’s name can be sent to Investigative Reporters & Editors, the nonprofit based at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, in Columbia, Missouri.

Mike Hoyt was CJR's executive editor from 2001 to 2013, teaches at Columbia's Journalism School and is the editor of The Big Roundtable, a startup that is a home for narrative writing.