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IN MEMORIAL • April 18, 2017
N MEMORIAM • April 5, 2017
Journalist Wilson 'Bill' Minor dies; covered civil rights
IN MEMORIAM • March 31, 2017
Historian, journalist and activist Roger Wilkins dies at 85
Roger Wilkins, a historian, journalist and activist who held a key civil rights post in President Lyndon Johnson's administration and helped The Washington Post win a Pulitzer for its Watergate coverage, died Sunday, relatives said. He was 85. Wilkins, most recently a history professor at George Mason University, died at an assisted-living facility in Kensington, Maryland, said his wife, Patricia King, and his daughter, Elizabeth Wilkins. The cause of death was complications from dementia, they said. His uncle Roy Wilkins was the longtime executive director of the NAACP. A lifetime later, his daughter Elizabeth worked in the presidential campaign of then-Sen. Barack Obama.
Robert Hoag Rawlings, chairman and editor of The Pueblo Chieftain, has died of natural causes. He was 92. Rawlings worked at The Pueblo Chieftain and its former sister publication, The Pueblo Star-Journal, for 70 years. The Chieftain reports (http://bit.ly/2o4hFbg ) that he spent the past 37 years as publisher and editor, becoming chairman of the Star-Journal Publishing Corp. this year. A Pueblo native and a World War II Navy veteran, Rawlings used the editorial pages to advocate for Pueblo and Southeastern Colorado. He fought to protect institutions such as Colorado State University-Pueblo and the Colorado State Fair but was best known for his battle to protect the quantity and quality of water in the Pueblo area.
Don E. Carter, a newspaper reporter, editor and executive whose career began before World War II and spanned nearly five decades, has died at age 99. Carter died Wednesday,March 22, at his home on Sea Island, about 70 miles south of Savannah, Georgia. Richard Best, a funeral director for Edo Miller and Sons Funeral Home, confirmed his death and said Carter, who would have turned 100 in June, had been under hospice care. Carter became a reporter at The Atlanta Journal after graduating from the University of Georgia in 1938. After serving overseas in the Army during World War II, he resumed his news career as an editor, publisher and later as a vice president for Knight-Ridder before retiring in 1982. His surviving relatives include a prominent cousin, former President Jimmy Carter.
IN MEMORIAM • March 23, 2017
George Bria, AP newsman who flashed Nazi surrender, dies at 101
George E. Bria, the Associated Press newsman who flashed word of the German surrender in Italy at World War II's end and went on to become chief U.N. correspondent, a key news editor and a widely published gardening columnist, died Saturday, March 18. He was 101. Bria died at a New York hospital after his health had declined for a time, said his daughter, Judy Storey. As a young reporter, Bria bore witness to Benito Mussolini's death and covered the Nuremberg war crimes trials. Later, as a senior foreign news editor at AP's New York headquarters, he helped define and shape the day's news and prepare generations of journalists to cover the world. "George Bria was a multitalented journalist of many interests, a dedicated professional of the old school who exemplified the best of the AP during a long, distinguished career," said AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee.
Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies at 87
Author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died Sunday. He was 88. Breslin died at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia, his stepdaughter, Emily Eldridge, said. Breslin was a fixture for decades in New York journalism, notably with the New York Daily News. It was Breslin, a rumpled bed of a reporter, who mounted a quixotic political campaign for citywide office in the '60s; who became the Son of Sam's regular correspondent in the '70s; who exposed the city's worst corruption scandal in decades in the '80s; who was pulled from a car and stripped to his underwear by Brooklyn rioters in the '90s. With his uncombed mop of hair and sneering Queens accent, Breslin was like a character right out of his own work, and didn't mind telling you. "I'm the best person ever to have a column in this business," he once boasted. "There's never been anybody in my league."
Washington Post copy editor and author Bill Walsh dies at 55
Bill Walsh, a copy editor at The Washington Post whose witty blog and books about grammar, spelling and capitalization made him a popular voice on language, has died. Walsh's wife, Jacqueline Dupree, tells The Post (http://wapo.st/2mKD5tt) that he died March 15 from complications of bile-duct cancer at a hospice in Arlington, Virginia. He was 55. The American Journalism Review called Walsh "the undisputed king of copy bloggers." During his 20 years at The Post, Walsh was copy chief of the national and business sections. He wrote three books on copy editing. The most recent was "Yes, I Could Care Less: How to Be a Language Snob Without Being a Jerk," published in 2013. Walsh was a frequent speaker at conferences of the American Copy Editors Society.
Claude Lewis, Philadelphia journalism pioneer, dies at 82
Claude Lewis, who became the first black man to write a regular newspaper column in Philadelphia and was a founding member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ) and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), died March 16 at Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees, N.J. He was 82. Born and raised in Harlem, N.Y., Lewis had been battling diabetes for years. The disease had claimed his vision about a decade ago. In 1965, Lewis was lured from NBC to the Evening Bulletin. He joined the city staff as a general assignment reporter. In 1968, the managing editor, George R. Packard, wanted Lewis to write a column three times a week. The move made Lewis an icon, especially in the African-American community.
IN MEMORIAM • March 9, 2017
Former AP correspondent Sam Summerlin dies at 89
Former Associated Press foreign correspondent Sam Summerlin, who was the first to report the Korean War had ended and covered everything from Latin American revolutions to U.S. race riots during a long and distinguished career, has died. He was 89. He died Feb. 28 at a care home in Carlsbad, California, from complications of Parkinson's disease, according to his daughter, Claire Slattery of Encinitas, California. Summerlin had a second successful career as a New York Times executive and then a third as producer of scores of documentaries on historical figures and entertainers. But it was his days as an AP foreign correspondent that he treasured the most, he said in a 2004 oral history for the news service's archives. It was a job that gave him a window through which to view some of world's most historic events, as well as an opportunity to meet such disparate cultural icons as author Ernest Hemingway and Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara.
Former Louisville Courier-Journal managing editor dies at 70
Irene Nolan, the former Louisville Courier-Journal managing editor who helped the newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in 1989, has died. She was 70. The Courier-Journal reports (http://cjky.it/2mQTV9C ) that Nolan died Friday, March 3, after spending recent days in a Norfolk, Virginia hospital several hours from her Frisco, North Carolina home on Hatteras Island. Her family said she had been ill with a severe lung disorder. Nolan was serving as editor and co-owner of The Island Free Press, an online publication in coastal Carolina. From 1987 to 1992, Nolan was managing editor of the Courier-Journal. The newspaper won a Pulitzer Prize in 1989 for covering the 1988 Carrollton bus crash that killed 27 people.
Veteran Israeli photojournalist David Rubinger dies at 92
Veteran Israeli photographer David Rubinger, whose photo of Israeli paratroopers at the Western Wall holy site became an iconic image of the 1967 Mideast war, has died at age 92, his children said Thursday, March 2. Rubinger worked as a photojournalist for TIME-LIFE magazine for nearly half a century. His portraits span the history of Israel, from the front lines of Israel's major wars to intimate photos of Israeli prime ministers and Jewish immigrants. His most famous photo was of the paratroopers after Israeli forces captured the Western Wall and east Jerusalem in 1967. "Frequently these days, when looking back over the years, I find myself asking how I could have been so lucky," Rubinger wrote in his biography, "Israel Through My Lens: Sixty Years as a Photojournalist."
IN MEMORIAM • March 1, 2017
Iva Drapalova, former AP Prague correspondent, dies at 91
Iva Drapalova, a former Associated Press correspondent in Prague who covered Czechoslovakia with courage for two decades following the 1968 Soviet-led invasion, has died. She was 91. Drapalova's family said Tuesday, Jan. 3, that she died "quietly and suddenly" on Saturday. After her years with the AP, she worked for the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, the Washington Post and other major U.S. newspapers. Born April 4, 1925, in Svepravice near Prague, Drapalova spent World War II in Britain. After she returned to Czechoslovakia, she and her family were persecuted by the country's Communist regime during the 1950s. The AP hired her as a translator in 1968, the year that Moscow crushed the Prague Spring — the brief period of liberal reforms in Czechoslovakia under leader Alexander Dubcek. Drapalova later became the news agency's Prague correspondent, covering events after Warsaw Pact forces reasserted Soviet authority.
Journalist Clare Hollingworth, who broke news of WW II, dies
Clare Hollingworth, a British war correspondent who was the first to report the Nazi invasion of Poland that marked the beginning of World War II, died in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Jan. 10. She was 105. The Foreign Correspondents' Club of Hong Kong announced her death, calling her a beloved member with a remarkable career including "the scoop of the century." A determined journalist who defied gender barriers and narrowly escaped death several times, Hollingworth spent much of her career on the front lines of major conflicts, including in the Middle East, North Africa and Vietnam, working for British newspapers. She lived her final four decades in Hong Kong after being one of the few Western journalists stationed in China in the 1970s.
IN MEMORIAM • Jan. 12, 2017
Columnist Nat Hentoff dies at 91
Nat Hentoff, an eclectic columnist, critic, novelist and agitator dedicated to music, free expression and defying the party line, died Saturday at age 91. His son, Tom Hentoff, said his father died from natural causes at his Manhattan apartment.
Schooled in the classics and the stories he heard from Duke Ellington and other jazz greats, Nat Hentoff enjoyed a diverse and iconoclastic career, basking in "the freedom to be infuriating on a myriad of subjects." He was a bearded, scholarly figure, a kind of secular rabbi, as likely to write a column about fiddler Bob Wills as a dissection of the Patriot Act, to have his name appear in the liberal Village Voice as the far-right WorldNetDaily.com, where his column last appeared in August 2016.
Walter Wick, who helped grow family newspaper company, dies
The former publisher of Arizona's Sierra Vista Herald, who with his brother grew Wick Communications into a media company with publications in 11 states, has died. He was 85. Walter M. Wick died Christmas morning at his home in Hereford. He had pancreatic cancer. His brother, Robert Wick, told the Herald that he was "as blessed as any brother could be with Walter's presence in my life." The brothers bought their uncle's interest in the company in 1965. They took over full ownership when their father died in 1981. Their father, Milton Wick, and uncle, James, founded the company when they acquired the family's first newspaper in 1926 in Niles, Ohio.
IN MEMORIAM • Dec. 21, 2016
Longtime Tennessee newspaper figure dies at 101
Martha Arnold Susong (Arne) Jones, who spent six decades in roles at The Greeneville (Tennessee) Sun ranging from co-owner to columnist, has died. She was 101. The Greeneville Sun reports (http://bit.ly/2gJwyLb ) Jones died peacefully early Friday, Dec. 16, with her five children by her side at Laughlin Memorial Hospital. Jones co-owned the newspaper with a few family members from the 1940s until earlier this year. For three decades, she sat on the board of directors for the newspaper and its parent company, Jones Media, Inc. Jones wrote the well-known "cheerful chatter" column weekly or monthly for 33 years, from 1974 until 2007.
Jones' husband, former longtime Sun publisher John M. Jones, died in July. The family will receive friends Sunday at St. James Episcopal Church. The funeral will follow at the church Monday.
Betty Flood, veteran Albany statehouse reporter, dies at 83
Elizabeth Flood Morrow, owner of an independent news service who was one of the first female correspondents to cover New York's statehouse, has died at 83. Flood Morrow died Dec. 14 at an Albany hospital, where she underwent surgery after being injured in a fall at her home in Loudonville. Known to New York governors, lawmakers and fellow reporters as Betty Flood, the Albany native worked out of a small office amid larger media outlets on the Capitol's third floor. She owned and ran the Cuyler News Service, which provides statehouse stories for financial and trade publications. She bought the business in 1961, a few years after she began covering state government during Gov. Averell Harriman's administration. Flood Morrow co-founded the Women's Press Club of New York in 1966.
IN MEMORIAM • Dec. 8, 2016
Investigative journalist Phillip Knightley dies at 87
Longtime South Dakota editor Garnos dies
Gordon R. Garnos, former editor at the Watertown Public Opinion and a member of the South Dakota Hall of Fame, died Friday. He was 81. Garnos, who grew up in Presho, came to Watertown in 1964 and was employed almost 40 years at the Public Opinion, including the last 22 years as editor. He retired in 2002. "Gordy was a newsman's newsman," said former Public Opinion general manager and publisher Steve Lowrie. "He had a talent for finding the facts for important stories, and he always had his nose to the ground looking for a story. Garnos was a graduate of the University of South Dakota and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was elected to the Watertown City Council in 2002 and served three terms. He lost a 2004 bid to the South Dakota House of Representatives. In 2007 he was named a Lusk Fellow at South Dakota State University and was elected to the South Dakota Newspaper Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was inducted to the state Hall of Fame. Garnos is survived by his wife, Beth, of Watertown, his sons, William and Richard, and his daughter, Heather.
IN MEMORIAM • Dec. 1, 2016
Chris Moore, ex-managing editor of the Argus Observer, dies
Chris Moore, a former managing editor of the Argus Observer, of Ontario, Oregon, has died after a long illness. She was 92. The Argus Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2fEH6PN) that she died Monday, Nov. 28. Moore turned down a job at Sunset Magazine in 1947 to stay near home and instead took a job at the Argus Observer. She was born and raised in Jordan Valley, Oregon, and got a bachelor's degree in home economics, with a minor in journalism. Moore covered everything from traffic to murders at the paper and worked her way up to managing editor. She retired in the mid-1990s. In addition to her newspaper career, Moore was active in many civic organizations, including 4-H, and involved in church activities.
IN MEMORIAM • Nov. 30, 2016
Georgia news anchor dies in head-on US 17 crash
Television anchor Don Logana of WTOC, died in an early morning car crash in Jasper County, South Carolina, the Savannah, Georgia, news station announced and Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls III confirmed on Sunday, Nov. 20. The two-vehicle, head-on collision occurred around 4 a.m. on U.S. 17 near the Georgia state line, South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said Sunday morning. There was only one fatality in the crash near 425 Speedway Blvd. Logana was a back-seat passenger and one of four occupants of a car heading north on U.S. 17, Southern said. The second vehicle, a pickup truck, was traveling south on U.S. 17 when the two vehicles collided. The driver and two other passengers in the car were injured and transported by EMS for Savannah Memorial Hospital, Southern said. The driver and only occupant of the truck also was injured and was taken to Savannah Memorial Hospital by private vehicle. The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, Southern said.
Longtime Alaska newspaper publisher dies after cancer battle
Journalist and author Ruth Gruber dies in NY at age 105
Longtime Kansas City Star columnist C.W. Gusewelle dies
C.W. Gusewelle, a longtime columnist for The Kansas City Star, has died. The Star reports (http://bit.ly/2fTziql ) that Gusewelle died Tuesday, Nov. 15. His age and the cause of death were not given. Charles W. Gusewelle joined the Star in 1955 as a general assignment reporter and went on to become an editorial writer on foreign affairs. After serving as foreign editor, he became an associate editor and columnist.
The Missouri Press Association named Gusewelle daily columnist of the year in 1984, 1985 and 1987. He wrote 21 books and continued to write his weekly column for the Star until earlier this year. Mike Fannin, the Star's editor and vice president, said in a statement that "Kansas City journalism has lost one of its greatest voices."
IN MEMORIAM • NOV. 16
PBS journalist Gwen Ifill dies of cancer
Simms, first chairman of AU journalism program, dies at 89
Jack Simms, a journalist and author who helped build Auburn University's journalism department, died Tuesday, Nov. 8, at the age of 89. Simms was hired at Auburn in 1974 to head the university's newly formed department of journalism. He went to the university after a 23-year career with The Associated Press. He served as AP's deputy general sports editor in New York. He also served as AP's bureau chief in Kentucky and in Boston. Simms was beloved by students and colleagues for his quick wit and enthusiasm. He played a key role in the department's first application for accreditation. He also developed the department's "weed-out" class that required a score of 83 to pass. "I honestly can say that I've never known anyone who didn't love Jack Simms. Students would tell Jack years later how the class changed their lives, made them journalists," said former Auburn journalism professor Ed Williams.
IN MEMORIAM • OCT 25, 2016
East Oregonian newspaper's former general manager dies at 77
C.K. "Pat" Patterson, a longtime general manager at the East Oregonian newspaper in Pendleton, Oregon, has died. He was 77. Patterson was an intimidating presence with high expectations, but also as a savvy manager who had his employees' interests in mind. The East Oregonian reports he was famous for putting new hires through their paces before warming up to them. Patterson, who only had an associate's degree, started at the East Oregonian in 1984 and worked as general manager there until 1993. He went on as corporate general manager in Salem and general manager of the Capital Press until 1996. He retired in 2005.Patterson was passionate about his hometown of Pendleton. He served as Pendleton Chamber of Commerce president in 1991 and helped launch the Round-Up City Development Corporation.
IN MEMORIAM OCT. 11, 2016
Longtime Daily Times editor H. Dean Stone dies at 92
H. Dean Stone, longtime editor of The Daily Times, of Maryville, Tennessee, has died. He was 92. Smith Funeral and Cremation Service confirmed Stone's death on Monday, Oct. 11. The newspaper (http://bit.ly/2dSHDw3 ) said Stone worked at The Maryville-Alcoa Daily Times during the summers of 1947 and 1948 and became Sunday editor in 1949 when the paper began publishing a Sunday edition. The Sunday edition didn't survive, but Stone became managing editor of the daily paper as well as sports editor. Stone worked at the paper for 66 years, outlasting four owners and six publishers and seeing the news move from hot type to computer-generated type to the internet. Stone served on education foundations, established an ongoing service project that serves the needy at Christmas, led the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains Park Commission and scores of other organizations. Funerals arrangements are incomplete.
Longtime Hawaii sports writer Bill Kwon dies at age 81
Longtime Hawaii sports writer Bill Kwon, who covered generations of golfers from Arnold Palmer to Michelle Wie, has died. He was 81. Kwon's friend and former colleague Ann Miller says he passed away Wednesday, Oct. 5, at a Honolulu nursing home where he had been living for about a year. She didn't know his cause of death. Kwon started at the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as a clerk in 1959. But his connection with the newspaper dated back even further to 1941, when he sold papers as a 6-year-old. He went on to be a sports reporter, columnist and sports editor before retiring in 2001. He later wrote a golf column for The Honolulu Advertiser for nearly a decade.
IN MEMORIAM OCT. 5, 2016
Former TV news anchor Larry Stogner dies after fighting ALS
Larry Stogner, a reporter and anchor in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, television market for more than 40 years, has died at his home after fighting ALS. He was 69. The station reported on its web page that Stogner died at his home Sunday night. Stogner began his television career at UNC-TV, then worked as an anchor and reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh. He joined WTVD-TV in Durham in 1976 and was named anchor of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts in 1982. He retired in 2015, announcing on air that he was battling ALS. He became an activist, fighting to raise awareness and find a cure for the disease.
IN MEMORIAM SEPT. 13, 2016
Robert Timberg, journalist, author and Vietnam veteran, dies
Robert R. "Bob" Timberg, a Marine Corps veteran who survived horrific injuries in Vietnam and became a Washington reporter for The Baltimore Sun, has died at age 76. The Hardesty Funeral Home confirmed that he died at a hospital in Annapolis, where he had lived. Timberg's 1995 book, "The Nightingale's Song," looked at the lives of five fellow Naval Academy graduates, including Sen. John McCain and former Sen. Jim Webb.
Michael Frome, former professor, nationally known as environment writer
Michael Frome, a nationally known writer who taught environmental journalism at several colleges, including Western Washington University for eight years, has died at age 96. Frome died in Wisconsin, where he moved after retiring from Western in 1995. Frome wrote about conservation, environmentalism and the outdoors with the journalistic standards of a reporter and the passion of an advocate. “I teach a different kind of journalism, advocacy journalism in behalf of the environment, yet hewing to basic principles of literacy, accuracy, fairness and meeting the deadline,” he told The Bellingham Herald in 2007.
Thomas C. Benet dies; San Francisco Chronicle reporter, editor for 40 years
Thomas C. Benet, a veteran San Francisco journalist who was a reporter, editor and chief editorial writer for The Chronicle, died at his San Francisco home after a short illness. Mr. Benet, who was 89, had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August. Mr. Benet worked at The Chronicle for more than 40 years.
IN MEMORIAM SEPT. 6, 2016
Jerry Griffith, editor of Merced (California) Sun-Star, dies at 88
Jerry William Griffith, a retired newspaper reporter and editor who spent many years with the Merced (California) Sun-Star, has died at age 88. In 1978, Griffith accepted a position with Merced College, where he served as information officer, the family said. The pull of the newsroom and the city beat brought him to the Sun-Star a few years later, where he worked until his retirement in 1991, according to the statement.
Salina (Kansas) Journal’s former publisher dies
Frederick Vandegrift, former publisher of the Salina (Kansas) Journal, has died. He was 87. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, Vandegrift In 1952 accepted a position with the Salina Journal in the advertising department, where he worked on the business side. In 1956, he was appointed to the paper’s board of directors. From there, he worked his way up to publisher and president.
IN MEMORIAM AUG. 30, 2106
Muckraking San Francisco journalist Warren Hinckle dies at 77
Warren Hinckle, a muckraking journalist who drew the wrath of mayors, police or anyone who got in his way, has died. He was 77. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that his daughter Pia Hinckle says her father had been in declining health and died of complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home in San Francisco. He was surrounded by his family. Hinckle was a groundbreaking editor for the liberal magazines Ramparts and Scanlan's Monthly in the 1960s and '70s and more recently wrote reliably irreverent columns for newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner, the newspaper reported.
Longtime Associated Press TV columnist Jerry Buck dies at 85
William G. (Jerry) Buck, a columnist who chronicled the television industry for The Associated Press in New York and Los Angeles, died at age 85. During his career he wrote about the rise of cable television, the videocassette and the growth of political TV coverage, among many other topics. His son Scott Buck says his heart stopped after a long decline in health.
IN MEMORIAM AUG. 23, 2016
Prominent black journalist, Publisher George Curry has died
George E. Curry, a journalist, civil rights activist and publisher whose syndicated column ran in hundreds of black-owned newspapers around the United States, has died. He was 69. Curry, of Laurel, Maryland, died suddenly on at Washington Adventist Hospital in Takoma Park, Maryland, after he was taken to the emergency room there, his sister, Charlotte Purvis, said Sunday. Curry's syndicated column was carried in more than 200 African American-owned newspapers, and he served two stints as editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a news service for black papers. He also served as editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine in the 1990s.
Longtime Arizona State University journalism professor dies
Joe W. Milner, a longtime Arizona State University professor credited with laying the foundation for the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1984, has died. School officials say Milner died at his home in Tempe at age 87. Milner taught at ASU from 1967 until his retirement in 1991 when he became a professor emeritus at the Cronkite School.
Galveston County Daily News managing editor dies at 46
Scott Williams, managing editor of the Galveston County Daily News, has died at the age of 46. The Daily News (http://bit.ly/2b4LOCy ) reports Williams died at his Dickinson home of an apparent heart attack. The University of Houston graduate first joined the newspaper as a reporter in 1998 and spent the next 10 years covering police and courts. He left in 2008 to earn a law degree from Texas Southern University, then worked as a prosecutor and private-practice lawyer until late 2015. He returned in January to The Daily News as assistant managing editor, becoming managing editor for news in April.
IN MEMORIAM AUG. 16, 2016
Providence Journal investigative reporter Malinowski dies
W. Zachary Malinowski, an award-winning investigative reporter for The Providence Journal, has died following a battle with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. The newspaper reported that Malinowski, known as Bill, died at home at age 57. During his 30-year career at the Journal, Malinowski covered a range of stories, from organized crime to public corruption in the administrations of former Rhode Island Gov. Edward DiPrete and former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci.
IN MEMORIAM AUG. 9, 2016
Former Kentucky editor Joel Wilson has died
Joel Wilson, former managing editor of the Daily Times in Glasgow, Kentucky, has died. He was 77. Wilson began his 50-year career at the Daily Times in 1957 right after graduating from Glasgow High School.
IN MEMORIAM AUG. 2. 2016
Longtime Greeneville Sun publisher John M. Jones III dies
John M. Jones III, longtime publisher of The Greeneville (Tennessee) Sun and a major force in the city's economic development and civic life, has died at age 101. Jones joined the newspaper in December 1945 following almost four years with the U.S. Army during World War II. He served as assistant general manager at the request of his mother-in-law, the late Edith O'Keefe Susong, who was publisher of the Sun and its predecessor newspapers from 1916 until her death in 1974. He was a member of the AP board of directors from 1980 to 1989.
Former Monitor editor Jack King dies in Texas
Jack King, former editor at The Monitor newspaper in McAllen, Texas, has died. King was born on Aug. 1, 1932, in Gainesville, Texas, and devoted more than 40 years of his life to journalism. He started as a cub sports reporter and photographer at the Herald Democrat in Sherman, Texas, where he remained for about 10 years. In 1964 he moved to the Rio Grande Valley to work as an editor for The Monitor newspaper where he remained until his retirement about 30 years later.
Veteran Associated Press editor, mentor Carol Druga dies
Carol Druga, a veteran Associated Press editor who was a newsroom mentor with an acerbic wit and a deep affection for Pittsburgh sports, has died. She was 50. Druga had been treated for cancer over the past several months and died after being sickened by an infection. She began her AP career in the Indianapolis bureau in 2004 before moving to Atlanta to work on the AP's South Regional Desk in 2008. While there, she worked several years as a shift supervisor, juggling countless breaking stories from the Upper Big Branch mine explosion to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. She moved to the sports desk in 2015. Before joining the AP, she worked for more than 10 years at The Herald-Argus newspaper in LaPorte, Indiana.
IN MEMORIAM JULY 26, 2016
Two-time Pulitzer-winning reporter for Chicago Tribune dies
William Gaines, who won two Pulitzer Prizes as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune, has died. He was 82. Gaines, who battled Parkinson's disease for 15 years, died in hospice care in Munster, Indiana, his daughter said. Gaines, who spent 38 years at the Tribune, was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its work that uncovered "widespread abuse in federal housing programs in Chicago, and which exposed shocking conditions at two private Chicago hospitals," according to the award citation. Twelve years later, Gaines and two other reporters, including Dean Baquet, who is now executive editor of the New York Times, were awarded a Pulitzer for what the citation said was "their detailed reporting on the self-interest and waste that plague Chicago's City Council."
Wayne Ezell, former Florida publisher, dies at cycling event
Wayne Ezell, a former publisher of The News Chief in Winter Haven, Florida, was killed when a pickup ran into him near Glenwood, Iowa, on the first day of a week-long bicycling event. He was 72. Ezell was participating in the RAGBRAI, a cross-Iowa tour that is one of the largest such gatherings in the country. He was part of a contingent of the North Florida Bicycle Club where he was a director, event organizer and publisher of the group's newsletter.
Longtime Miami Herald editor John Edwin McMullan dies
John Edwin McMullan began his Miami Herald career in the 1920s as a carrier boy. He ended it in 1983 as the Miami Herald’s executive editor, a crusty, cantankerous, consummate newspaperman widely regarded as one of the most powerful people in South Florida. McMullan has died at age 95. During two terms as the Miami Herald’s highest ranking news executive, McMullan orchestrated numerous exposes of — and battles with — local institutions and power brokers. He opened domestic and foreign news bureaus, expanding the paper’s reach and horizon. His staff won five Pulitzer prizes.
IN MEMORIAM JULY 19, 2016
Former Hobbs (New Mexico) News-Sun editor, historian Gil Hinshaw dies
Former long-time Hobbs (New Mexico) News-Sun editor Gil Hinshaw has died at the age of 89. The Hobbs News-Sun reported (http://bit.ly/29V22jd) the death and said no cause was listed. An editor at the paper for nearly two decades, Hinshaw started in journalism at his high school newspaper in Tennessee. He joined the Army, serving during the Korean War, and later enlisted in the Air Force and worked in journalism and public affairs overseas. After returning to the U.S., he worked as a reporter in Altus, Oklahoma, before coming to New Mexico, where he worked for The Associated Press and The Albuquerque Tribune. He later served as the editor of newspapers in Tucumcari and Carlsbad and was known for chronicling Lea County history.
Idaho editor Dale Stewart has died
Dale R. Stewart, 83 _ newsman and railroad enthusiast _ died at his home in Twin Falls, Idaho. Stewart spent 55 years in the newspaper profession, beginning as a carrier in his youth. He later was a reporter, editor and photographer for newspapers in Kansas and Idaho including more than 27 years on the staff of the Times-News in Twin Falls. A lifelong interest in railroads was reflected in model railroading, photography and pen and ink art works. This interest focused on the Santa Fe Railway and other lines in Kansas, Oklahoma and Idaho.
Former Honolulu publisher dies
Thurston Twigg-Smith, a scion of missionary descendants who led the once-weaker Honolulu Advertiser into Hawaii’s dominant newspaper, died at the age of 94. Twigg-Smith served as publisher of the Advertiser from 1961 to 1993 until his Persis Corp. sold the newspaper to the Gannett Corp. But everyone from governors to copy boys referred to him simply as “Twigg,” said former Advertiser Editor Gerry Keir. Under Twigg-Smith’s control, he and the late Advertiser editor George Chaplin were credited with bringing the newspaper’s parochial and ultraconservative reputation more in line with Hawaii’s multi-cultural readership.
IN MEMORIAM: JULY 12, 2016
IN MEMORIAM JULY 5, 2016
Former AP bureau chief Joe Benham dies at 82
Joe Benham, a veteran journalist who covered South America for The Associated Press and U.S. News & World Report, has died. He was 82. His wife, Verna Benham, confirmed that he died of lung and heart failure. Benham began his career writing for a newspaper in his hometown of Amarillo. He later worked for the Dallas Times Herald and AP before joining the U.S. Army. He resumed his work for AP and relocated to New York where he covered the United Nations. He later moved to Santiago, Chile, and was the AP bureau chief for Chile and Bolivia. He continued covering South American affairs for U.S. News before relocating to Houston as a regional bureau chief.
IN MEMORIAM JUNE 28, 2016
Ellen Soeteber, former editor of the Post-Dispatch, dies
Veteran journalist Ellen Soeteber, the former editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, has died after a brief illness. She was 66. Soeteber, who also spent two decades at the Chicago Tribune and was managing editor of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, was hospitalized two weeks ago near her home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for an infection that proved to be untreatable, her husband and novelist Richard Martins told the Post-Dispatch. Soeteber grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois, and was a 1972 graduate of Northwestern University.
Jack Fuller, ex-Tribune editor and publisher, dies at 69
Jack Fuller, who was a Justice Department lawyer, a novelist and a musician but who was best known as a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a top executive with the Chicago Tribune and a key architect of one of the largest newspaper acquisitions in history, died June 21 at his home in Chicago. He was 69. The cause was cancer, according to the Tribune, which first reported his death. Mr. Fuller began his career as a 16-year-old copy boy in Chicago, where his father was a longtime Tribune business reporter and editor.
Former Columbus Dispatch publisher John F. Wolfe dies at 72
Longtime Ohio newspaper publisher John F. Wolfe, whose family sold The Columbus Dispatch last year and still owns television and radio stations, has died at age 72. Wolfe died at a Columbus hospital. One of his family's stations, WBNS-TV, reports Wolfe had battled cancer for two years. Wolfe is credited with helping bring professional hockey and soccer teams to Columbus and his family was a minority owner in the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Michael Herr, author of the Vietnam-era 'Dispatches,' dies
Michael Herr, the author and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through his classic nonfiction novel "Dispatches" and through such films as "Apocalypse Now" and "Full Metal Jacket," died after a long illness. He was 76. His death in an upstate New York hospital was confirmed by publisher Alfred A. Knopf, which released "Dispatches" in 1977, two years after the U.S. left Vietnam. A native of Syracuse, New York, with a knack for eavesdropping and a reverence for Ernest Hemingway, Herr was part of the New Journalism wave that included Tom Wolfe, Truman Capote and Norman Mailer and advocated applying literary style and techniques to traditional reporting. "Dispatches" is often ranked with Tim O'Brien's novel "The Things They Carried," Neil Sheehan's "A Bright Shining Lie" and Stanley Karnow's "Vietnam: A History" as essential reading about the war.
Ron Goben, a top editor at Bay Area newspapers, dies at 88
Ron Goben, a longtime Bay Area journalist who was a top editor at the Palo Alto Times and Peninsula Times Tribune for more than two decades, was passionate about newspapers, reporters and the written word. He was also passionate about dogs, cats, politics and banana cream pie. Mr. Goben died of cancer at age 88. A native of Rock Island, Ill., Mr. Goben was a graduate of Northwestern University and a U.S. Army veteran. He worked in Tokyo for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes and for the Honolulu Star Bulletin before moving to the Bay Area in 1964.
IN MEMORIAM JUNE 21, 2016
Longtime Chattanooga newspaperman Lee Anderson dies at 90
Lee Stratton Anderson, former publisher and editor of the Chattanooga Free Press, has died in Atlanta. He was 90. He was born in Trenton, Kentucky, and moved to Tennessee as a child. He was hired as a reporter for the newspaper when he was 16 as World War II reduced the newsroom staff. It turned into a 70-year career, and he became editor in 1958 and president and publisher in 1990. Anderson continued as editor of the Free Press editorial page after the sale of the afternoon newspaper in 1998 and its merger with the morning Chattanooga Times in 1999.
Bob Mullins, the Deseret News' Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, dies at 91
Robert D. “Bob” Mullins, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former Deseret News writer, has died at age 91. Mullins won America’s highest journalism honor in 1962 for his story of a murder and kidnapping at Dead Horse Point in July of 1961. Working in remote Utah, he was able to gather information in the crime case that even the FBI didn’t have. He was hired by the Deseret News in April of 1951 and retired Dec. 31, 1987, ending his career as the News’ investigative reporter.
IN MEMORIAM -- JUNE 14, 2016
Former Utah publisher dies 30 years after brain tumor diagnosis
A former publisher at the Standard-Examiner newspaper in Ogden has died from the side effects of treating an inoperable brain tumor for more than 30 years. The newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/1UBpmwY) that Randall C. Hatch was diagnosed with the tumor in 1984, a few years into his tenure as managing editor. He died May 26 at age 64. Hatch held an MBA and Masters of Journalism from Columbia University, and twice served on the panel that decides Pulitzer Prize winners.
Free press crusader and journalist John Virtue dead at 81
John Virtue, a crusader for a free press and the former director of the Florida International University International Media Center, has died. He was 81. University officials say Virtue died of cancer on Friday at a Miami Beach hospital. He spent more than six decades training journalists and covering news focused on topics such as Latin America and former Cuban President Fidel Castro. Virtue launched his career after he was sent to Havana for a month in 1964, where he covered a Castro press conference. He spent 25 years as the director of the International Media Center at FIU and taught 8,000 journalists from 14 countries.
David Lamb dies; L.A. Times correspondent covered 185 countries
David Lamb, a dauntless foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times who also wrote critically acclaimed books about the Arab world and Africa, die in Alexandria, Virginia. He was 76. Sandy Northrop, his wife, said the cause was lymphoma and esophageal cancer. Mr. Lamb covered the front lines in Vietnam for United Press International and the fall of Saigon for the Times in 1975. Xan Smiley, a top editor at the Economist, characterized him as "inexhaustibly gutsy."
Jack Bausman, former AP bureau chief in Moscow, dies at 92
Jack Bausman, a Cold War-era correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief for The Associated Press, has died, his daughter said. He was 92. Bausman died at a hospital in Stamford, Connecticut, Mary-Fred Bausman-Watkins said. He had heart surgery in April and never fully recovered, she said. Bausman arrived in Moscow as the news agency's bureau chief in July 1968, about a month before the Soviet Union invaded Czechoslovakia. He also reported from Frankfurt, Germany, from Warsaw, Poland, and from Budapest, Hungary, during a four-decade career with the AP, including his four years in Moscow.
Indiana editor Raymond Moscowitz dies at 78
Raymond Moscowitz, 78, a former editor at The News-Dispatch, died June 8 in Bloomington, Indiana. Moscowitz, a member of the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame (inducted 2002), was editor from Nov. 1981 to Sept. 1983, when the paper was owned by Nixon Newspapers Inc. (NNI). Moscowitz spent 29 years with NNI, the last 10 as editorial director, based in Peru. In 1998, the Hoosier State Press Association created The Ray Moscowitz Award, which recognizes newspaper excellence “beyond the call of duty.” The first
IN MEMORIAM JUNE 7, 2016
Virginia AP reporter Steve Szkotak dies at age 65
Steve Szkotak, a versatile and prolific AP journalist who covered the environment and a host of other issues, has died at age 65. Mandy Szkotak said her husband died of cancer at home with family members at his side. Szkotak worked as an editor and reporter at the AP bureau in Richmond for 14 years, eloquently putting a human face on stories about watermen, Civil War buffs, criminals and crime victims, public figures and all manner of regular folks.
Ohio University journalism professor Guido Stempel III dies
Guido Stempel III, an Ohio University professor who was instrumental in shaping the curriculum of the journalism school and the careers of hundreds of students, has died of cancer at age 87. The university in Athens says Stempel, a distinguished emeritus professor of journalism in the Scripps College of Communication, died at a hospital in Columbus. Stempel joined the Ohio University faculty in 1965 and served as director of the School of Journalism for eight years. He also served as director of the graduate program and the journalism honors program. He was named a distinguished professor in 1982. Along with editing and contributing to many publications and journals, he was editor of Journalism Quarterly for 17 years.
Bob Gassaway dies after career as journalist, professor
Bob Gassaway, a long-time professor in Missouri and New Mexico, has died at age 74. Gassaway worked as a journalist for The Associated Press and the Columbia (Missouri) Daily Tribune, and he taught his craft to students at the Missouri School of Journalism and later at the University of New Mexico.
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Longtime Nebraska publisher, philanthropist James Seacrest dies at 78
A longtime Nebraska newspaper publisher and Lincoln philanthropist has died. James Seacrest was 78. Seacrest was active in the newspaper industry for 40 years, and served as president and chairman of Western Nebraska Publishing Co. in North Platte from 1968 to 2000. The company published daily, weekly and shopper newspapers in western Nebraska. James Seacrest and his wife Rhonda were awarded the Lincoln Community Foundation's Charity Award two years ago.
NPR journalist David Gilkey, translator killed on assignment
David Gilkey, a veteran news photographer and video editor for National Public Radio, and an Afghan translator, Zabihullah Tamanna, were killed while on assignment in southern Afghanistan, the network says. Gilkey and Tamanna were traveling with an Afghan army unit near Marjah in Helmand province when the convoy came under fire and their vehicle was struck, the network's spokeswoman, Isabel Lara, said in a statement. Two other NPR journalists, Tom Bowman and producer Monika Evstatieva, were traveling with them and were not hurt. Gilkey had covered conflict and war in Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Washington and New York and was committed to helping the public see the wars and the people caught up in them, NPR's senior vice president of news and editorial director, Michael Oreskes, said in a statement. Oreskes formerly worked as a vice president and senior managing editor for AP. "As a man and as a photojournalist, David brought out the humanity of all those around him. He let us see the world and each other through his eyes," Oreskes said. Tamanna, 37, was a freelancer who often worked for NPR.
IN MEMORIAM MAY 31, 2016
Flora Rathburn, former city editor of Pittsburgh Press, has died
Flora Rathburn, former city editor of the now-defunct Pittsburgh Press, has died of congestive heart failure. She was 79. Ms. Rathburn, who went into her first paid journalism job as a young, divorced mother in need of income, ended up overseeing a news staff that won prestigious Pulitzer Prizes in 1986 and 1987 at the Pittsburgh Press. She was still the city editor when the Press closed from 1992 labor strife, and she took her editing skills afterward to The Detroit News and Cleveland Plain Dealer before retirement in 2002. She was a native of Colorado.
IN MEMORIAM MAY 24, 2016
Morley Safer, veteran "60 Minutes" correspondent, dies at 84
During a recent visit with a frail Morley Safer, Tom Brokaw exchanged memories with him about fellow journalists Ben Bradlee, Don Hewitt and others who had died. "All the great ones are gone," Safer said quietly to Brokaw, the veteran NBC newsman recalled. "I said, 'No, Morley, you're still with us.'" Safer's death at age 84 swelled the loss. The "60 Minutes" mainstay represented a bridge between the glory ink-stained-wretch days of foreign correspondents — Ernest Hemingway was an early inspiration — and the blooming electronic age of TV news. Safer spun artful stories about the good life but was equally adroit reporting on social injustices or exposing a military atrocity in Vietnam that played an early role in changing Americans' view of the war.
IN MEMORIAM MAY 17, 2016
Longtime Tennessean political reporter Daughtrey dead at 76
Larry Daughtrey, a longtime political reporter and columnist for The Tennessean newspaper, has died. He was 76. Senior Judge Martha Daughtrey of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says her husband suffered from complications from lung disease. Daughtrey began his career at the paper while still studying at Vanderbilt University, and spent his entire career covering politics in Nashville, declining to follow Tennessean colleagues such as David Halberstam, Bill Kovach and Jim Squires to bigger cities and newspapers.
Retired Alabama political reporter Bob Johnson dies at 66
Longtime Alabama political reporter Bob Johnson, who retired from The Associated Press nearly two years ago, has died. He was 66. Johnson died at his son's home in Gardendale, likely from a massive stroke, his daughter-in-law Becky Johnson said. Johnson spent 14 years at the AP before retiring in 2014, but he had been a fixture in Alabama journalism since the 1970s. During his career, he worked as a statehouse reporter at the Montgomery Advertiser and as a reporter and editor at the former Birmingham Post-Herald.
IN MEMORIAM May 10, 2016
Newspaper editor, columnist Anne Pershing has died
Longtime newspaper editor and columnist Anne Pershing, known for championing social causes in the northern Nevada communities she covered, has died. She was 71. Tim Pershing said his mother was found at home in Reno, and likely died of heart disease. Anne Pershing was drawn to journalism because she wanted to help all people in the community, a principle that allowed her to stand firm when she took positions that were unpopular or ahead of the times in a small town, her son said. Anne Pershing was inducted into the Nevada Newspaper Hall of Fame in 2008 following an accomplished career with two rural Nevada weeklies.
Towery, who won '55 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting, dies
Ken Towery, a small-town Texas journalist who wo