Antonio Mendoza Reyes, 74
NEWSPAPER PUBLISHER Antonio Mendoza Reyes died peacefully in his sleep after a lingering illness Thursday, October 6. He was 74.
Reyes was the publisher of the Southern Leyte Times which he founded in 1999. Prior to his publishing career, Reyes was a technical assistant of then University of the Philippines president Salvador Lopez. He also worked in the Presidential Management Staff of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
Reyes also served in various international agencies including the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). After working for the UN, Reyes returned to the Philippines, and headed the Sariling Sikap Foundation. He later served as the chief of staff at the Philippine Coconut Authority (“Publisher passes away,” Sunstar.com.ph, October 8, 2016).
He is survived by his wife, former Southern Leyte State University President Gloria Markines Reyes, and his four children.
Rebecca Wilson, 54
AUSTRALIAN SPORTS JOURNALIST Rebecca Wilson died from breast cancer Thursday, October 6. She was 54.
Wilson was a renowned sports broadcaster and commentator who worked for various news networks and newspapers including the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Daily Telegraph, and the Sunday Telegraph (“Rebecca Wilson: Renowned Australian sports journalist dies from breast cancer, aged 54,” ABC.net.au, October 7, 2016)..
Wilson was known for championing women’s role in sports. She was a member of the all-female sport panel on Sky News’ Sports Night along with athletes turned commentators Melinda Gainsford-Taylor and Liz Ellis.
Her death came as a shock to the media and the sports community since she kept her illness a closely guarded secret.
Friends and colleagues mourned her passing. LJ Loch, committee member of Women in Media, hailed Wilson as an inspiration to many women in media and sports. “Rebecca was Amazonian in presence – smart, confident, assertive and a true trailblazer for women in sport even now when just 25% of journalists reporting on male sport and 20% of journalists reporting on female sport are female,” she said. (“Rebecca Wilson: renowned sports journalist dies from breast cancer at 54,” TheGuardian.com, October 7, 2016).
She is survived by her husband.