The Twin Cities Black Journalists is saddened by the passing of renowned local journalist Mel Reeves. Mel was a pillar in the journalism community and had a powerful voice as an activist. His tireless work for political and human rights will be remembered and appreciated by many. To us, he was family.
Mel exemplified the mission of our organization by advocating for more consistent, balanced coverage of the Black community and by mentoring young journalists interested in the business. Mel served as the community editor at the Minnesota Spokesman Recorder where he also penned a blog and column. Mel recently became more involved in the local Black journalists chapter by overseeing the TCBJ-sponsored internship at the Spokesman Recorder. Last fall, TCBJ awarded Mel the inaugural “Keeping Them Honest Award,” which honors a member who wasn’t afraid to hold people in power accountable and tell it like it is.
A community viewing for Mel will take place on Wednesday, January 12, from 3 to 7 pm at Estes Funeral Chapel. The celebration of life service will take place on Thursday, January 13, at 4 pm at Shiloh Temple International Ministries. A GoFundMe page has been created by his family to help with funeral arrangements.