Unsung Hero #48

Earlier this year, WestportNow celebrated its 15th anniversary.

Since 2003 the site has provided readers with political news, police reports, coverage of community events like library talks and fundraisers, obituaries, photos of sunrises and sunsets, and the immensely popular “Teardown of the Day.”

The founder, editor and publisher is Gordon Joseloff. He gave up his editor’s post between 2005 and 2013 — that’s when he served 2 terms as the town’s 1st selectman — but he’s been back at the helm ever since.

Gordon Joseloff (Photo/Lynn Untermeyer Miller)

Joseloff’s journalistic chops are real. He worked for UPI. Then, during 16 years at CBS News, he rose from a writer for Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather to correspondent, senior producer and bureau chief in New York, Moscow and Tokyo.

Joseloff covered the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, the downing of Korean Air Lines flight 007, the assassination of India Prime Minister Indira Gandhi (for which he won an Emmy Award in 1984), the Bhopal gas leak, and the overthrow of Philippines President Fernando Marcos.

And he’s a Westport native. His family’s roots run deep: They owned downtown property including the Fine Arts Theater, a very popular spot for over 8 decades. (Today it’s Restoration Hardware.)

Joseloff was a teenage reporter for the Westport Town Crier, and helped create the predecessor of Staples’ WWPT radio station, broadcasting at Compo Beach.

Prior to running for first selectman, Joseloff served 14 years on the Representative Town Meeting (RTM) — 10 of them as moderator.

A member of Westport Rotary and an honorary member of the Westport Historical Society advisory council, Joseloff is also a volunteer firefighter, and a former Emergency Medical Technician.

Congratulations on 15 years to WestportNow — and thanks to Gordon Joseloff, its founder, guiding light, and this week’s Unsung Hero.

 

14 responses to “Unsung Hero #48

  1. John Karrel

    Classy choice … reflecting on your class as well, Mr W.

  2. Rozanne Gates

    We love Gordon. Rozanne and Suzanne

  3. Linda Gramatky Smith

    Great choice, Dan! And yes, WestportNow may be considered a “competitor” to 06880, but they are very different and we Westporters (and ex-Westporters) are so grateful for both! Gordon Joseloff is a terrific fellow and WestportNow serves such an important service. (Not limited to, but an amazing service, where it has online obituaries where (1) it costs nothing for the family to send it in, compared to $$$$s for hard copy newspapers and (2) one can search back for those 15 years to find information about people with a Westport connection who died. Invaluable!) Congratulations, Gordon!

  4. Edward C Saenz

    Excellent work on the former First Selectmsn

  5. Interesting article, Dan, although I don’t see much that’s “unsung” about Mr. Joseloff !

  6. Arline Gertzoff

    A job well done

  7. Tom Feeley Sr

    He was a fabulous RTM Moderator, always completely prepared on every agenda item and he handled us with aplomb 👍🏼👍🏼🇺🇸

  8. ❤️ WestportNow. My first web site stop every morning. Congrats!👏🏻👏🏻

  9. Dave Feliciano

    Gordon is a Gentleman, GENTLE-PERSON by anyones definition, and our town and my family are fortunate to have made his acquaintance. Westport Now and Dans columns are the best way to keep “in touch with Westport” while traveling and when we are in town. Kudos

  10. Wally Woods

    Thank you, Gordon, for everything you have a done for (and continue to do for) my favorite place in Connecticut: WESTPORT! You are a true hero.

  11. Mary Cookman Schmerker Staples '58

    Just curious, did Gordon graduate from Staples?

  12. Mr. Joseloff IS an unsung hero! When my family first moved to town and he was the first selectman, he took the time to meet with me – I wanted to see how I could contribute to the town. 3 more kids and 5 years later, I finally managed to do it by joining the RTM. Now that I have a better understanding of how busy he must of been, that 30 minutes means even more. Thank you!

  13. Stephen Rubin

    Congratulations my friend and hopefully all is well.

    Toni and Steve