El Jefe

Alan Cherry, Longtime Sun-Sentinel Reporter/Editor, Dies

Alan Cherry was a gruff son of a bitch. He was smart. Broward County politicians -- particularly cops -- quaked when they heard his name.

Cherry died this past weekend. He was 64.

I worked with Cherry long ago in a Sun Sentinel bureau in Pembroke Pines. Along with Ardy FrIedberg, another gruff son of a bitch, he kept the Hollywood Police under siege. Here's an example of their excellent work.

He would later go on to be a top Sentinel editor in the downtown office.

Cherry was also a talented musician. He will be missed.

Here's how Cherry described himself on examiner.com, where he published occasional stories: "Alan Cherry has a 30-year history as a Broward County newspaper reporter and editor covering local cities and governments, with a focus on creating smarter and better-informed voters."

And he did one hell of a job. Rest in peace, Alan.

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Chuck Strouse is the former editor in chief of Miami New Times. He has shared two Pulitzer Prizes and won dozens of other awards. He is an honors graduate of Brown University and has worked at newspapers including the Miami Herald and Los Angeles Times.
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