Gregory David Reid, 61, award-winning TV director for NBC10

Posted: January 09, 2014

BACK IN 1986, Ebony magazine featured local TV director Gregory David Reid as its most eligible bachelor.

Oops! Two years later, Mr. Reid was no longer a bachelor, and Jet magazine told its readers how he had married Treena Sammons-Brooks on Jan. 16, 1988.

Gregory was then a news director at WCAU-TV CBS (now NBC10), which he joined in 1981 as the 11 p.m. news director. Over the next 32 years, he directed other news programs, sports and entertainment shows, telethons, documentaries and just about everything else the station produced.

He died Dec. 21 in his Willingboro, N.J., home, after a yearlong struggle with cancer. He was 61.

"He was something of a nerd," his wife said. "He was always reading technical books and studying his computer."

But Gregory was also into video photography and was in demand by family and friends to shoot their weddings and social events.

For a time, he ran his own production company, GTR Media Productions, which created music videos, commercials and even a book.

Gregory was born in Washington, D.C., to Thomas Edison Reid and Annette Chube Reid. He attended public schools in Washington and went on to Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.

His entry into the television industry began in 1970 when he won the American Film Institute Award for his documentary, "Tech: A Day in the Life," a look back into his senior year at McKinley Technical High School, where he was a student leader and drum major.

He became an on-the-job trainee at NBC-TV Channel 4 in Washington and quickly advanced to floor director to the assistant director of the "Morning Break" show at WUSA-TV from 1972 to 1981.

At the same time, he was a CBS Sports assistant director for the Washington Redskins, the Bullets (now the Washington Wizards), and the Capitals Hockey Association.

He became well-known for his camera work and directing of these professional sports presentations.

In Philadelphia, he was a director of sports programs, talk shows, award presentations, telethons, documentaries, general entertainment shows, presidential debates and even gospel concerts.

He also directed coverage of such news events as the MOVE disaster in May 1985, when a police bomb caused a conflagration that killed 11 MOVE members and wiped out a neighborhood.

He won Emmy Awards for Best News Show, Best Public Affairs Show and Best Entertainment Show. He also won the United Press International Award for Best News Show, and other awards and nominations for awards over the years.

Gregory was an avid golfer who belonged to the Rancocas Golf Club in Willingboro, a nine-iron shot from his home.

In earlier days, he was a passionate boater and had a 28-foot craft at Dredge Harbor in Riverside, N.J.

Gregory and his wife loved to travel. Their idea of fun was to hop into their two-seat Mercedes SL65 AMG convertible and head across the country. They also visited Jamaica twice a year because it was where they honeymooned.

"He was a kind, compassionate man," said his wife. "He enjoyed being a mentor to young people starting out in the television industry."

Gregory was a member of the Directors Guild of America, the National Association of Black Journalists, Boat Owners Association of the United States, Professional Golf Association, the Bogey Boyz Golf Club and the Mercedes Benz Club of America.

Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Michael, an employee of Interstate General Media, owner of the Daily News, the Inquirer and Philly.com, at the Schuylkill Printing Plant; two sisters, Phyllis and Ann Reid; and two grandchildren.

Services: Memorial service 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 820 6th St. NE, Washington, D.C.

Donations may be made to Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, N.J. 08053.

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