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Jay Spry

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Jay Spry is the overnight copy editor, or rewrite man, for the metro desk of the paper.


He is a veteran reporter and now takes pride in ensuring the standards of the paper are maintained.[1] He has a dry sense of humor and is diligent, detail-oriented and a veritable newsroom wordsmith.[1]

Season 5Edit

Spry often has to correct the mistakes of younger reporters like Alma Gutierrez - when presenting a story about a burning building he disparages her use of evacuate as a verb for moving the people out of the building.[2]


Jay Spry is played by Donald Neal.


Season 5:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Character profile - Rewrite man Jay Spry. HBO (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-07.
  2. "More with Less". Joe Chappelle, Writ. David Simon (story and teleplay), Ed Burns (story). The Wire. HBO. 2008-01-06. No. 1, season 5.

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