Maureen Reagan: An Appreciation
Wednesday, August 8 saw the untimely passing of Maureen Reagan.
When, a few weeks ago, her family announced the gravity of
her illness, I realized I wanted to write something about
In 1993, from June into November, Maureen Reagan did commentary
for us at KCOP, the still 'Very Independent' Channel 13. She
was one of a group of people on our air, which included voices
as diverse as Ben Stein and Xavier Hermosillo, who were filling
in for Bill Press as he stepped up his work with the California
We saw Maureen once a week in our newsroom; I did broadcast
design and news graphics for our 10 PM show, so I got to do
some work for her. What is striking about her is both what
she did, and what she did not do. She did not wear her last
name on her sleeve; she didn't need to. Her accomplishments
were her own, her opinions were her own, and her style was
When you looked at her face you saw her dad, certainly, but
you recognized that her heritage came with her as she chose
to carry it. She was fully present; she did not 'star trip'
as many in her orbit might have. She came prepared- always-
knowing what she wanted and how much time it should take for
it to be done.
In the days just before 'multitasking' became our too-familiar
American buzzword, Maureen surely had long since mastered
the skill. I've always enjoyed working for folks who know
the job and come in prepared, and so I enjoyed working for
Maureen Reagan. She was an appreciative client.
I remember her as tall and imposing; she wore wonderful flowing
vests, dresses and caftans in socko,'California' colors. She
brightened up our then stark white newsroom, and brought the
energy level up as well. But it is surprising to take a look,
as I did about a month ago, at one of her early air checks.
She was nervous. I had forgotten that, and I found it charming.
But I do remember she got over the nervousness.
To have spent any amount of time with someone like Maureen
Reagan is a privilege. But having the chance to work with
her, even just the bit we did, is a reminder of how lightly
we can carry even big thoughts, big names, and big responsibilities.
About the Author
Nancy LeMay is a five-time Emmy winning broadcast designer
who has worked both in New York and LA, in network and local.
She is a teacher and a painter as well. You can reach her
through her website, www.Nancylemay.com
and by email at NancyLeMayCo@aol.com