Remembering Barry Horstmanby Senator Rob Portman
Posted on 2013-03-04
PORTMAN. Mr. President, today I wish to remember Barry M.
Horstman of Cincinnati, OH, for his dedication to his community and
distinguished career in journalism. Mr. Horstman passed away suddenly
while working in the newsroom of the Cincinnati Enquirer on February
Known as a ``newsman's newsman,'' Barry Horstman developed a reputation as a tough but fair investigative reporter who showed his commitment to his community by being relentless in his work.
Horstman's passion for journalism was inspired by his fourth grade teacher who encouraged him to write. In high school, he started a column for the Western Hills High School newspaper called ``Straight from the Horstman's Mouth.'' He went on to earn a journalism degree from The Ohio State University.
While a student, Horstman worked at the Cincinnati Post, jumpstarting his long and fruitful career in journalism. Horstman's career included positions as a Washington correspondent for Scripps Howard News Service, a reporter at the Los Angeles Times, a reporter for the Cincinnati Post, and a writer and supervisor for the Las Vegas Sun before he returned to his hometown to join the Cincinnati Enquirer in 2008.
Barry covered me off and on for over 20 years, and even when I might have wished his story had been written a little differently, I never questioned his professionalism as a journalist, his commitment to reporting the facts as he saw them, and his decency and fairness as a person.
A local history buff, Horstman wrote profiles of local Cincinnati area newsmakers that were compiled into a book published in 1999: 100 Who Made a Difference: Greater Cincinnatians Who Made a Mark on the 20th Century. He was known for his high energy and enthusiasm in all endeavors, especially for taking fantastic vacations around the globe.
Horstman grew up on the west side of Cincinnati, raised in an apartment above the Glenmore Bowl, the bowling alley managed and later owned by his father, Les. He was an avid runner and a talented bowler.
I honor Barry Horstman for his dedication to Cincinnati and contributions to the field of journalism.