Walter “Jeff” Storey, a local reporter and attorney who ran the newsrooms of the Times Herald-Record and the New York Law Journal, died Friday of cancer at his home in Goshen, NY. He was 73 years old.
Storey came to The Record as a reporter in 1976. He went on to serve in several positions with the paper, including Albany bureau chief, editorial page editor, managing editor, and finally editor. acting chief.
Storey had scrupulous integrity and an unrelenting commitment to covering his community fully and fairly. He has mentored many junior journalists during his career and improved the more experienced ones. Under his tutelage, journalists have consistently produced award-winning work.
A former colleague from The Record, Peter Thompson, told the family that Storey instilled in him “a desire to do it right, to ask the right questions, to get the details straight and to write the story in a way that people can understand. newspaper readers. , not for politicians or our sources.
“Covering an issue with Jeff Storey as editor always carried the unspoken reminder that he would only settle for the best,” Thompson said.
As local newspapers faced decline, Storey was forced to rethink a career he had always loved. At 50, he graduated from Cardozo Law School, then worked as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan under Robert Morgenthau for four years.
Storey returned to his first passion in 2006, when he became editor of the New York Law Journal. In 2018 he retired from the Law Journal but continued to pursue the story, continuing to write and edit for local publications throughout that year.
Storey grew up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, the eldest of six children born to Polly and Walter “Buzz” Storey, both local historians. Buzz, himself a journalist for six decades, was the author of two books on the history of Uniontown.
Their son, Jeff Storey, also had a lifelong passion for history and biographies — and cats. He and his wife, Barbara Strauss, a local lawyer, loved to travel together and over the years have visited Burma, Russia, India and Alaska. For 20 years, they vacationed at a beloved resort, Quisisana, Maine. A favorite pastime was to delve into a massive Civil War tome.
Storey was the valedictorian of his high school and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He had a master’s degree in journalism from Penn State.
Besides his wife, Storey is survived by his daughters-in-law, Hanna Ingber, also a journalist, and his children, Isaac and Aarav Yerasi; and Rebecca Ingber and her husband, Anton Metlitsky, and their children, Alma and Tess Metlitsky. He is also survived by his siblings: Beth Evancheck and her husband Ron, Jeanne Baugh and her partner Jim Gallo, Phil Storey and his wife Sabine Ocker, and Ted Storey and his wife Cheryl, as well as many nieces and nephews. loved. He is predeceased by his parents and brother Jerry Storey.
The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made in Storey’s memory to the ACLU, of which he was a member for over 40 years, or to the Goshen Humane Society.
A funeral service will be held Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Donovan Funeral Home in Goshen, NY Interment will follow at Temple Beth Shalom Cemetery in Florida, NY The family will be seated at home, 51 Old Miniskink Trail, Goshen, NY on Monday and on Tuesdays, and at Hanna’s home in South Orange, NJ on Wednesdays.
Arrangements in the care of Donovan Funeral Home, Inc. To leave a condolence online, please visit www.donovanfunerals.com.