PROVIDENCE JOURNAL long-time reporter and environmental leader Peter Lord died today.
Readers of this blog know him because he covered both of the 2 Rhode Island lead paint public nuisance trials. That was a real public service, both by him and his newspaper PROJO. After all, much of the litigation was as interesting, as some observers put it, as watching lead paint dry.
Lord once told us that during the first lead paint trial a security analyst had offered him $5000 if he called him as soon as the verdict was announced. Of course, Lord didn't do it. He was a journalist's journalist.
Lord was only 60 when he died. He had joined PROJO in 1979 and won awards for his environmental articles about everything from oil spills to how Block Island preserved much of itself.
This is a tremendous loss to journalism, to sustainability, and to those of us who so respected him.