Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Sister: Bailey 'lived, breathed journalism'

The sister of slain Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey remembers how enthusiastic her brother was about newspapers when he started in the business in Detroit. Lorelei Waqia recalled her brother took the bus to the Detroit Free Press one day. He saw that everybody just stared out the window. He wanted them to read. The next day Bailey took a handful of papers with him and passed out sections to a busload of commuters, she said. He did this for years, she said, laughing, until he went to work for The Associated Press in Washington.

Waqia, who now lives in Atlanta, tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that her brother "lived and breathed journalism ... And as we're finding out now, he was a mentor to so many people. He could always find the best in them and try to channel it toward his craft."

Above Waqia holds a copy of her brother's paper. In the background are Kareemah Iddeen, Sadiyyah Iddeen and 2-year-old Sahriyah Anderson. (Photo credit: Joey Ivansco, Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

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