KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – The long-time editor of the West Hawaii Today newspaper has been let go in what appears to be another Stephens Media consolidation.
West Hawaii Today editor Reed Flickinger is out, after nearly 30 years on the job. His position is being taken over by Hawaii Tribune-Herald editor David Bock, who will serve as the company’s “roving” news director.
West Hawaii Today publisher Tracey Fosso told Tiffany Edwards Hunt of the Big Island Chronicle that Reed’s lay-off was the result of “streamlining efficiency” and the decision was purely economical.
Recently, the printing press operation at the Hawaii tribune-Herald in Hilo was moved to the Kona side, the first sign that the two sister publications would be sharing more expenses going forward.
Reed is described as an old school journalist by those whom worked closely with him. The public knew him from his biting editorials that were often critical of government inefficiency and kept a watchful eye for inequalities in the island’s East-West relationship.