Nancy Bailey, Longtime Editor At Transport Topics, Dies at 68
Nancy Coe BaileyBy Jonathan S. Reiskin, Associate News Editor
This article appeared in the July 21 issue of Transport Topics
Nancy Coe Bailey, a longtime editor for Transport Topics Publishing Group, died July 4 after an extended illness. She was 68.
Bailey had worked at a number of the organization’s publications since 1995.
Most recently, she was a copy editor at the flagship Transport Topics, molding and improving stories on tight deadlines as well as organizing the opinion pages of TT, specifically the letters to the editor and the opinion columns.
Bailey came to TTPG when the division of American Trucking Associations purchased Utility Fleet Management, a monthly magazine, from Public Utilities Reports. Bailey had been Utility Fleet Management’s editor for more than four years and remained in that position under the new ownership.
“She embraced that magazine and really enjoyed putting it out,” said Jim Galligan, a former colleague and editor of sister publication Light & Medium Truck. “She was well-liked, appreciated and respected by the industry she covered. There was a lot of mutual respect.”
Bailey signed on to TT in 2003, and 18 months later, Utility Fleet Management was merged into Light & Medium Truck — since renamed Truck Fleet Management.
“Nancy made an early impression on me with her wit and calming confidence,” said Thomas Strah, who was managing editor when she joined TT. “That, plus a searching mind, made her a first-class pro on the desk. In the years we worked closely together, she saved bad stories, and my bacon, more than once.”
Scott Achelpohl, chief copy editor of TT since 2011, was Bailey’s last supervisor.
“Nancy was an enormously knowledgeable and meticulous copy editor and a very gifted content editor, too. She made stories more clear and concise, and she was a very gregarious colleague,” Achelpohl said.
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