Roger Wood (journalist)

Roger Wood (4 October 1925 – 2 November 2012) was the editor of the Daily Express and New York Post.

Early lifeEdit

Wood was born in Antwerp, Belgium, and spoke no English until he was seven when he moved with his family to Great Britain. He served in the Royal Air Force in World War II. He graduated from Oxford University.[1]

Daily ExpressEdit

In 1962, aged 37, he became the youngest editor of the Daily Express, succeeding Edward Pickering, editor while Edwards was deputy editor, Wood was both preceded and succeeded by Bob Edwards.[2]

New York PostEdit

In 1975 he began working for Rupert Murdoch and edited the weekly Star Magazine until his move to The New York Post. In 1977, he became executive editor of the Post, succeeding Edwin Bolwell, six months after Murdoch bought the paper. Under Wood circulation increased from 400,000 to over a million.[1]

The paper's "Page Six" grew in popularity for celebrity gossip. Some of the newspapers most famous headlines occurred on his watch including "Headless Body in Topless Bar" (about a murder in Queens, New York); "Eleven Dead and the Band Played On" (about a fatal stampede at a The Who concert in Cincinnati, Ohio, and "Granny Executed in Her Pink Pajamas".[3]

Wood was noted for calling men "dear boy," and women "lovely one". After leaving the Post in 1986 he was editorial director for newspapers for Murdoch's News Corporation.[4]


Roger Wood died of cancer on 2 November 2012, aged 87 in New York City. He was survived by his wife, son and brother.


  1. ^ a b Cuozzo, Steve (29 October 2012). "Roger Wood, Post executive editor early in Murdoch's ownership of paper, dies at 87Roger Wood, who led New York Post's resurgence in the 1980s, dies of cancer at 87". Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Editors of the Daily Express". "The Drone". Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  3. ^ Wood's obituary in New York Times
  4. ^ New York Times obit, ibid.

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Preceded by
Bob Edwards
Editor of The Daily Express
1962 – August 1963
Succeeded by
Bob Edwards