If you've been reading The Augusta Chronicle sports section since the early 1990s, then you might remember the name Robert Naddra. He was one of our bright, young sports reporters back in those days.
Robert shockingly died Wednesday from what is believed to be a heart attack. He was only 51. He had a wife and a young family.
At the time of his death, Robert was the news editor of the Champion Newspaper, which covers DeKalb County in Decatur, Ga. A sports story he wrote appeared in that publication the day before he died.
After he left the Chronicle, I'd hear from Robert from time to time through phone calls. He'd pass on a tip or ask a question about a story he was working on that had an Augusta connection. I think we used him as a correspondent a few times to cover high school football games in the Atlanta area involving an Augusta team. Years ago, he popped in the newsroom one day while passing through town.
He was always fun to work with. For people who know me and know my nickname, which I've always enjoyed, it was given to me by Robert. That was in the early 1990s and it stuck. People like to ask me how I got it and I tell the funny story, always saying "a guy named Robert Naddra worked here and he gave it to me."
It just won't be the same telling that story anymore.