Delaware’s The Journal News pays tribute today to a beloved former employee. CynDee Royle Lambert started out in the classified ads department (remember those?) and was later move up to the sports pages:
“She said, ‘I don’t know anything about sports.’ And I said, ‘I don’t care, you’re the smartest person I’ve interviewed,’ ” [former News Journal sports editor and executive editor Henry] Freeman remembered.
Freeman said he learned much later Royle Lambert, one of the first women to cover sports for The News Journal,was harassed on the sidelines of games she covered, but never told anyone.
“She said, ‘I could handle it.’ And that’s who she was,” Freeman recalled. “She was smart and always up to any challenge.”
Royle Lambert went on to work as a copy editor, the paper’s City edtior and eventually, Metro editor. In 1995, she moved to New York to work as assistant enterprise editor. In 1999, she was promoted to senior managing editor of the entire Journal News group.
The obituary for Royle Lambert, who died from cancer Feb. 6. at age 57, is chock-full of great quotes from her former colleagues. There’s also one particular detail that caught our eye:
Among her friends, Royle Lambert was known to be a Bruce Springsteen fanatic who attended more than 100 of his concerts over the decades.
The Boss is playing tomorrow night in Hartford. Perhaps he can dedicate a song to one of his biggest fans.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Music Journo Set for His 218th Rolling Stones Concert