In 1970, he won his first award, an American Film Institute honor, for Tech: A Day in the Life, about McKinley, where he was a student leader, his wife said.
From 1972 to 1981, he worked as floor director and then as assistant director of the Morning Break show on WUSA-TV in Washington.
At the same time, she said, he was assistant director for CBS Sports broadcasts of football games of the Washington Redskins and basketball games of what are now the Washington Wizards.
In 1981, Mr. Reid became director for the 11 p.m. news program at NBC10.
In 2006, while still at the station, he formed his own firm, GTR Media Productions, which continued into 2013, publishing books and video productions, she said.
Among his accomplishments in Philadelphia television, his wife said, he directed debates for the League of Women Voters, gospel shows that were syndicated nationwide, as well as live coverage of the MOVE siege in 1985.
Mr. Reid earned eight local Emmy Awards, including for best news show, best public-affairs show, and best entertainment show. Among other honors was the United Press International Award for best news show.
He was a member of the Directors Guild of America, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.
Besides his wife, Mr. Reid is survived by son Michael, a grandson, granddaughter, and two sisters.
A memorial service was set for 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at Calvary Episcopal Church, 820 Sixth St. N.E., Washington.
Donations may be made to www.samaritanhealthcare.nj.org.
Condolences may be offered to the family at the Gibson Funeral Home, 2142 Hamilton Ave., Willow Grove, Pa. 19090.