Reed worked in the White House Press Corps during the Johnson Administration, and also worked with recently retired Helen Thomas, and Max Frankel, who later became executive editor of the New York Times.
The prolific journalist and author contends the most interesting time he spent as a reporter was in the South during the Civil Rights movement, and he is currenly writing a memoir about that era. He also interviewed Gerald L. K. Smith, the Eureka Springs resident nationally and politically known for racism and anti-Semitism, whose vision established the Passion Play in 1964.
Reed's love of the Ozarks is reflected in his stories and books about Arkansas. He signed on with the Arkansas Gazette in 1956, and recently published a book about the demise of the paper, Looking Back at the Arkansas Gazette: An Oral History; he is author of Faubus: The Life and Times of an American Prodigal.