Outdoors expert recalls journey that began in Pine Bluff

Trey Reid, field editor for the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and co-host of “Talkin’ Outdoors At The Corner Cafe”, returned to his hometown to speak to the Rotary Club of West Pine Bluff on Thursday afternoon.

The Rotary Club, in its 44th year, hosted its weekly meeting at the Pine Bluff Country Club with Reid as the guest speaker. Reid is well known for his knowledge of the outdoors around Arkansas and other parts of the United States. Reid has worked for many companies including ESPN and even held a job at the Pine Bluff Commercial in the late 1990s.

Reid spoke to the club for about 25 minutes covering topics associated with his long journey from Pine Bluff to his current work of today. Reid spoke highly of returning to Pine Bluff as he doesn’t get to visit often.

“I have a lot of ties here,” Reid said. “My mom, stepdad, and stepmom are all still here in town. I don’t get many opportunities to get down here.

“Pine Bluff has always been home and it will always be home. It feels great to be able to come back and talk to folks about what I do. It’s a lot of fun.”

Reid mentioned in his speech that he owes all the credit for his love of the outdoors to his father while he was attending Pine Bluff High, where he also discovered his love for writing. Reid went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Liberal Arts and earned his first job working at the Pine Bluff Commercial in 1997. Reid recalls his first story while working for The Commercial.

“They gave me a bit of a trial run,” Reid said in his speech. “The Pine Bluff Zebras were playing in a state baseball tournament and I went up to Little Rock Mills to cover the tournament. My first byline in the paper came on May 14, 1997 and it’s kind of like they say, the rest is history.”

Reid went on to say the year 2001 is when his career began to take off after he was able to work for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for the position of the outdoor editor which he described as a “dream job”. In 2004, Reid said another “dream job” called him one day while he was sitting on his couch at home.

“I didn’t recognize the number,” he said. “I thought it was a telemarketer, so I don’t think I answered it because it was an odd number. I checked the phonebook and saw the call was coming from Connecticut.

“I listened to the message and it was a producer in Bristol, Conn., at ESPN. He told me that were doing a show about bass fishing and wanted me to come out to interview. I had no experience in TV at the time, but I must have done something right because they offered me a job a few weeks later,” Reid said with a laugh.

After his two-year stint with ESPN, Reid talked about his travels back to Arkansas to work for the Game & Fish Commission in the public relations division, which he continues to do today.

Reid said he has been very blessed with all the experience he has and said it is not impossible to achieve your “dream job”.

Reid said he always loves to visit Pine Bluff and recalls how his entire career started.

“I guess you could say I owe it all to the Pine Bluff Commercial.”

Reid can be seen along with his co-host Steve “Wild Man” Wilson on “Talkin’ Outdoors” on KARK, channel 4, every Sunday night at 11 p.m.