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.