MANCHESTER – Chris Powell, the Journal Inquirer’s managing editor since 1974, will retire from the newspaper Jan. 26.
Powell, 67, joined the JI upon graduating from high school in 1967, working in the press and circulation departments as well as the news department before settling in the news department as a reporter and then an editor while attending the University of Connecticut. From 1974 to 1992 he was also the newspaper’s editorial page editor.
On Wednesday, he thanked the newspaper’s owners, Neil and Elizabeth Ellis of Manchester, for their commitment to independent journalism and their kindness to him. “I probably couldn’t have lasted more than a few months anywhere else in journalism,” he said.
Powell, a Manchester resident, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and was its legislative chairman for many years. He writes a political column published in the JI and other Connecticut newspapers, including the Record-Journal, and said he hopes to continue it.