Veteran journalist, Ken Chaplin, died Tuesday, July 30. He was 89.
He served with distinction in various media houses and even as Press Secretary to several Prime Ministers. Mr. Chaplain served in several capacities in Government information, including at the JIS and heading up JAMPRESS that replaced the Editorial Department of JIS in the mid-1980s.
Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson has hailed Chaplain’s professionalism and excellence in journalism. “Ken Chaplin’s life embodied the very essence of service of the highest standards in one’s chosen profession, which, for him, was journalism and media relations. He was the consummate professional who was true to his calling and dutiful in carrying out his responsibilities,” Mr. Patterson said in a tribute.
Reflecting on Mr. Chaplin’s tenure with JAMPRESS, Managing Editor of the JIS, Godfrey Barnes, who worked with Mr. Chaplin from the establishment of JAMPRESS until he retired, says “he worked very hard and diligently with his staff during the formative years to build the credibility of JAMPRESS, which became a reliable source of information on government activities.”
Mr. Chaplain also served the Press Association of Jamaica (PAJ) for decades and was Secretary for years.
Chaplain was also an outstanding referee.