One thing about Bob Fredericks, if he likes you he will let you know, if he doesn’t he will let you know. The Black Rock resident is committed to the city, even when he worked in other places. If the corporate suits from Hearst don’t mess with him, you’ll see more local coverage. From the Post:
The Connecticut Post has hired one of the Park City’s own as its new managing editor.
Bob Fredericks, a Black Rock resident who grew up on the city’s East Side, will return on Oct. 22 to the newspaper he helped edit in the late ’90s, after a decade working in Westchester and two years as a senior writer at The New York Post.
“I want The Post to be a great local paper,” he wrote in an email Monday evening, “and that means a combination of aggressive investigative, news, business and sports reporting with a good mix of thoughtful columns and interesting profiles and features about the places where we live and work.”
A product of Bridgeport’s East Side, Fredericks graduated from Fairfield Prep in 1972 and Boston College in 1976. He then launched a journalism career that has sent him all over Connecticut and southern New York. After four years reporting on the arts and news at the New Haven Advocate, he worked in the 1980s at the Bridgeport Post/Telegram and Bridgeport Light.
“I covered cops, some courts and neighborhoods, which was great because it got me out of the office into every corner of the city meeting lots of people and finding out the issues that mattered to them,” he said. “It taught me to always think of readers first and what was important to them.”
He then worked at the Republican-American in Waterbury as metro editor and columnist before landing the metro editor position at the Connecticut Post in March 1997. After that he served as managing editor of The Hour in Norwalk and deputy managing editor of The Journal News in Westchester, before moving on to a job as senior writer of breaking news and features at the New York Post.
Over the past three decades, Fredericks has won several Society of Professional Journalists awards as well as awards for investigative and online journalism work.
“I’ve lived in Bridgeport all that time,” said the father of two, “and am anxious to get back covering the city and other great news towns and cities The Post covers in Fairfield and New Haven counties.”
He added: “That and chili dogs at The Greeks on the East Side, where I grew up.”