IN MEMORIAM • March 14, 2019
Journalist, public servant Balltrip dies at 68
Ewell Balltrip, the founding executive and President/CEO of the Somerset-based National Institute For Hometown Security, died Thursday after a lengthy chronic illness. He was 68.
Before he moved to Pulaski County in 2005 to originate the NIHS, Balltrip made his mark in the newspaper business. His death comes just two weeks before he is to be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.
Fellow journalists mourned the loss of Balltrip on social media.
"A few weeks before he died, Ewell was notified that he had been chosen for the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame," said Al Cross, Director at the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues based at the University of Kentucky. "That recognition was long overdue, since he had been out of the news business for 24 years. But his 24 years IN the business are all the more noteworthy in these challenging days for the business -- which pays for journalism."
"I always admired his work as a journalist and afterward," said Tom Caudill, former Managing Editor of The Lexington Herald-Leader. "I'm glad he learned of his much-deserved induction into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame."
As a journalist, Balltrip advanced from a summer intern position at his hometown newspaper, The Harlan Daily Enterprise, to become its publisher. From there, he continued to serve as a publisher with the New York Times Company in Middlesboro, Kentucky, and Dyersburg, Tennessee. He has received numerous awards for his work in journalism. Balltrip will be inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame in Lexington, Kentucky, on March 25.
Read more: https://www.somerset-kentucky.com/news/local_news/journalist-public-servant-balltrip-dies-at/article_bcf31e8e-ad73-5b46-8db2-4dff900a2764.html
IN MEMORIAM • March 7, 2019
Ogden R. Reid, 93, Herald Tribune Editor and Congressman, Dies
Ogden R. Reid, the former editor of The Herald Tribune who represented congressional districts in Westchester County, N.Y., for 12 years, first as a Republican and then as Democrat, died on Saturday at his home in Waccabuc, N.Y. He was 93.
His death was confirmed by his son David.
Mr. Reid was the scion of a newspaper publishing family whose grandfather was the editor and principal owner of the renowned New York Tribune and whose father merged it in the 1920s with the equally storied New York Herald to form The Herald Tribune. Mr. Reid was The Herald Tribune's president and editor in the 1950s.
The newspaper was respected for its high-quality journalism but dogged by financial troubles that would help bring its demise in the 1960s; the family sold its controlling interest in 1958. Mr. Reid entered government service the next year when President Dwight D. Eisenhower named him ambassador to Israel.
Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/03/obituaries/ogden-reid-dead.html
IN MEMORIAM • Feb. 21, 2019
Retired Peninsula Daily News executive editor dies at 70
Rex Wilson, who led the Peninsula Daily News’ coverage of local news for almost 17 years as its executive editor, has died. He was 70.
Wilson died Wednesday at his home in the Mexican town of Zapopan, a suburb of Guadalajara, of complications from a stroke and lung cancer. His wife, Olga, was at his side.
He and Olga moved from Port Angeles to Zapopan following Wilson’s retirement on Aug. 1, 2015. He had directed the PDN’s news and sports reporters, photographers, desk editors and layout staff since December 1998.
Working closely with then-editor and publisher John Brewer, Wilson oversaw the nuts and bolts of the PDN’s coverage of local events — and during his tenure these ranged from hospital fundraisers to the Makah whale hunt; City Council and School Board meetings to the arrest in Port Angeles of al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Ressam; local court coverage to the slayings of Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputy Wally Davis and U.S. Forest Service officer Kristine Fairbanks and a mountain goat killing a hiker in Olympic National Park; county fairs and tractor pulls to Tse-whit-zen, “’Twilight’ Fever” and the removal of the Elwha River dams.
“Rex Wilson and local news. The two thoughts are inseparable,” said Brewer, who retired in October 2015.
Read more: https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/retired-pdn-executive-editor-dies-at-70/
IN MEMORIAM • Feb. 7, 2019
Pulitzer-winner Patrick Sloyan dies at 82
Patrick J. Sloyan, a longtime Gridiron member who was Washington bureau chief of Newsday and won numerous journalism awards including the Pulitzer Prize, died of cancer Feb. 4 at his home in Paeonian Springs, Va. He was 82.
A native of Stamford, Ct., and a graduate of the University of Maryland, Sloyan came to Washington in 1960 with United Press International, where he wrote some of the early stories on the auto safety issues raised by consumer crusader Ralph Nader. He later worked for Hearst News Service before joining Newsday in 1974. While he was the Long Island daily's Europe-Mideast bureau chief, he won the ASNE award for deadline writing for his coverage of the October 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat.
He won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting and the George Polk Award for his coverage of the 1991 Persian Gulf War, including disclosures of the extent of US friendly fire deaths. In 1997, he was part of a Newsday team that won the Pulitzer for Spot News Reporting for its coverage of the TWA 800 crash off Long Island.
In 2015, St. Martin's Press published his book, "The Politics of Deception: JFK's Secret Decisions on Vietnam, Civil Rights and Cuba," based in part on 269 hours of secret Kennedy tape recordings. The book challenged earlier more positive versions of Kennedy's presidency and contended he made the crucial decisions involving the United States in Vietnam.
Sloyan was Newsday's Washington bureau chief from 1986-88 when he became senior correspondent. He was elected to the Gridiron Club on March 30, 1996.He retired from the paper in 2001, continuing to write for other publications.
Sloyan is survived by his wife, the former Phyllis Hampton, three children and 12 grandchildren. A later memorial service is planned.
IN MEMORIAM • Jan. 31, 2019
Tacoma loses its editor — Randy McCarthy was the unseen force behind our biggest stories
“Less talking, more typing!”
The barked directive rings in the ears of every reporter who worked in The News Tribune newsroom for the past 30 years. It came from Randy McCarthy, longtime editor, who died Jan. 19 of pancreatic cancer, a month after the unexpected diagnosis.
He was 66, and he was ours.
His name was little known to readers, and he was just fine with that. He still deserves an honored title: Tacoma’s editor.
Read more: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/article225066750.html
IN MEMORIAM • Jan. 24, 2019
Veteran North Carolina Journalist Gene Price Dies at 90
GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Hillery Eugene "Gene" Price, an honored journalist whose career spanned nearly six decades, died Wednesday. He was 90.
Sue Price Johnson, his daughter and former Associated Press staffer, said her father died at a hospice in Raleigh after a long illness.
Gene Price became editor emeritus at the Goldsboro News-Argus after a nearly 50-year career during which he served as managing editor as well as editor.
Prior to his work in Goldsboro, Price worked at The Independent in his hometown of Elizabeth City, The Daily Reflector in Greenville and at The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk. While he was in college, Price became the first sports publicity writer for the East Carolina University news bureau, working for tuition and meals.
Price also worked as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Herbert C. Bonner in the late 1940s and was chief of an artillery firing battery with the 28th Infantry Division in Europe during the Korean War.
Read more: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/north-carolina/articles/2019-01-16/veteran-north-carolina-journalist-gene-price-dies-at-90
Frances R. Mears, longtime AP reporter and manager, dies
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Frances R. Mears, an Associated Press reporter, editor and bureau chief during a journalism career that spanned more than 40 years, died Saturday. She was 66.
Mears had been ill with cancer, said her husband, Walter R. Mears, the Pulitzer Prize-winning political writer and retired AP vice president.
After more than a decade in newspaper journalism, Fran Mears - then known as Fran Richardson - joined the AP in 1982 in Indianapolis, serving there initially as a legislative reporter and broadcast editor. In 1990, she was named news editor for Indiana after a brief hiatus from the AP when she was public relations director of the Hoosier Lottery.
Mears was promoted to assistant chief of bureau for Kansas and Missouri, based in Kansas City, in 1992. She was a key editor in coverage of massive flooding in the Midwest in the 1990s and of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
"She was smart, had strong news instincts and got along well with a staff of diverse personalities that you find in most any AP bureau," said Paul Stevens, who became bureau chief in Indianapolis when Mears worked there and later brought her to Kansas City. "She had a wonderful knack for working with our members."
Mears moved to Washington in 1996 to serve as manager of marketing communications in the Broadcast News Center. In 1997 she was appointed chief of bureau for Maryland and Delaware, based in Baltimore.
She left the AP in 2000 to become managing editor for news of the Gannett News Service in Washington, and retired in 2005.
Read more: https://walkersfuneralservice.com/tribute/details/1990/Frances-Mears/obituary.html#tribute-start
Former Birmingham News editor dies
Jim Jacobson, who served as editor of The Birmingham News from 1978-1997 during a period when Alabama’s largest newspaper won its first Pulitzer Prize, has died.
He was 84. He died on Jan. 19, family said.
Jacobson was known for his calm demeanor, kindness and measured news judgment.
“He was a really good editor,” said Victor Hanson II, who was publisher of The News from 1983-2000. “He had the ability to see through to calm things down, including calming me down. He was a quiet guy that had a lot of steel.”
Jacobson joined The News in 1959 as an editorial writer and wrote editorials during the tumultuous civil rights era, through 1966. He was editorial page editor from 1966-1972, then assistant managing editor and managing editor from 1972-1978.
James E. Jacobson was born in Mobile on Sept. 19, 1934, graduated from Murphy High School, then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1952-56, holding the rank of staff sergeant. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958 from the University of Alabama, and a master’s degree in journalism in 1959.
He emphasized editorial writing that was based in on-the-ground reporting, and went on assignments to the Middle East and Vietnam. He covered seven national political conventions and the 1968 presidential campaign.
Read more: https://www.al.com/life/2019/01/former-birmingham-news-editor-dies.html
IN MEMORIAM • Dec. 13, 2018
Obituaries: Don Harrison, 90, retired Daily News editor
Don Harrison, 90, of Wynnewood, a retired Daily News editor and a Philadelphia-area journalist for more than 60 years, died Friday, Dec. 7.
He died in hospice at Saunders House from complications of a stroke he suffered two years ago, said his wife, Grace.
Mr. Harrison worked at the Daily News from 1982 until 2001 and retired as deputy editor of the opinion pages. He previously worked for 19 years at the Bulletin, where he was an assistant managing editor and also served as city editor when Frank L. Rizzo was mayor.
“Journalism for my father was a calling, a vocation,” said daughter Ellen. “I don’t think he would have done anything else. He would have done it without being paid.”
Read more: http://www2.philly.com/obituaries/obituary-don-harrison-editor-philadelphia-daily-news-20181207.html
IN MEMORIAM • Nov. 15, 2018
Paul Freeman dies - served as AP chief of bureau, broadcast executive
Born in Cameron, Texas on August 31, 1939, Paul Freeman attended Southwestern University in Georgetown for a year before moving to Austin to major in journalism at the University of Texas.
He started his career at the Temple (Tex.) Daily Telegram while serving in the Army from 1963 to 1966. He joined The Associated Press in 1966 as a staff writer in Dallas after a brief stint with United Press International. From there, he went to San Antonio as the AP's correspondent (1966-1968), to Albany as the upstate New York news editor and to Helena as chief of bureau from 1970 to 1976.
He was a broadcast sales executive for the AP in Jackson, Miss., for two years before being named COB in Raleigh. He left the AP in 1980 and joined the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as city editor.
He died Friday at St. David's Hospital in Austin, Texas, his wife of 57 years, Carole, confirmed. His health began declining in October following years of dialysis. He was 79.
IN MEMORIAM • Nov. 8, 2018
Longtime Lincoln newsman Gilbert 'Gil' Savery dies at 101
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Longtime Lincoln newspaperman Gilbert "Gil" Savery has died.
Roper & Sons Funeral Home says Savery died Friday in Lincoln. He was 101.
The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Savery retired in 1985 as managing editor of the Lincoln Evening Journal. He began his career there as a police reporter in 1941.
Savery was working at the Evening Journal during the paper's successful campaign to establish a presidential primary election in Nebraska. The paper was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1949 for its efforts.
The Evening Journal eventually merged with the Lincoln Daily Star to form the Lincoln Journal Star.
Savery was inducted into the Nebraska Journalism Hall of Fame last year.
Read more: https://journalstar.com/news/local/gil-savery-longtime-lincoln-journal-editor-whose-tenure-included-pulitzer/article_080f8eac-ddb2-5ad5-95e9-971c5fdf3120.html
IN MEMORIAM • Oct. 26, 2018
NABJ Founder Vince Sanders remembered as talented journalist, thespian and author
Washington, D.C. (Oct. 17, 2018) -- The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) mourns the loss of founder Vince Sanders, who died Oct. 10 in Longwood, Florida, according to his wife Joyce Sanders. He was 83.
A true NABJ love story, Vince and Joyce were married for 37 years after being introduced by NABJ Founder Paul Brock.
NABJ Founder Joe Davidson remembers Sanders fondly: "Vince had a big smile, a warm personality and a deep, booming voice God made for radio. Plus, he was handsome enough for television. His death, and that of Les Payne earlier this year, reminds us of how quickly we are losing founders."
A 2005 inductee into the NABJ Hall of Fame, Sanders was a veteran of the broadcast industry having spent nearly 40 years on the job. He began his career as an on-air talent for WBEE-AM in Chicago in 1958.
"NABJ is deeply saddened by the loss of NABJ Founder Vince Sanders," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "He was a very talented journalist who rose from the ranks as a talk show host, then reporter/anchor to vice president of a broadcast network. He had keen business skills and a love for humor as a comic and actor in his own right."
Read more: https://www.nabj.org/news/423091/NABJ-mourns-Founder-Vince-Sanders.htm
IN MEMORIAM • Oct. 11, 2018
Publisher Ray Gover, who got his start in newspapers across Michigan, dies at 90
Raymond L. Gover, retired publisher and president of The Patriot-News, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. He was 90.
Gover played a major role in bringing news to the people of central Pennsylvania in the pages of The Patriot-News for 20 years.
He was born Dec. 5, 1927, in Somerset, Ky. He graduated from Western High School in Detroit in 1946, then served in the U.S. Army from January 1946 to May 1947, where he was a West Point Band member.
He then attended University of Michigan, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Shippensburg University in 1996.
Gover's professional news career started when he joined the Port Huron Times Herald in Michigan in August 1951 as a general assignment reporter. He later was sent to Sanilac County, Mich., to operate the newspaper bureau there.
In June 1954, he became a general assignment reporter at The Flint Journal in Michigan, covering city news beats. He became assistant city editor at that newspaper in 1960 and city editor in 1965.
He then became editor of The Saginaw News in 1970, serving in that position until becoming editor of The Flint Journal in 1976. Two years later, he became publisher of The Saginaw News. He was named its editor and publisher in 1980.
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.
Read more: http://hosted2.ap.org/NCGOL/NC/Article_2016-10-03-NC--Obit-Stogner/id-e87be2269f334337a69fd8334c6f0c86
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.
Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-robert-timberg-20160908-story.html
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.
Read more: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article100265612.html
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.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Thomas-C-Ben-t-longtime-Chronicle-reporter-and-9214236.php
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.
Read more: http://www.mercedsunstar.com/news/article99151292.html#storylink=cpy
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.
Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Muckraking-SF-journalist-Warren-Hinckle-dies-at-77-9183780.php
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.
Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2016/08/28/us/ap-us-obit-jerry-buck.html?ref=news&_r=0
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.
Read more: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/obituaries/bs-md-ob-delse-curry-20160821-story.html
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.
Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/tempe-education/2016/08/17/joe-milner-longtime-asu-journalism-professor-dies/88883868/
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.
Read more: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/providence/obituary.aspx?n=william-malinowski&pid=181070939&fhid=28491
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.
Read more: http://www.glasgowdailytimes.com/news/losing-a-legend-wilson-former-daily-times-managing-editor-dies/article_37f1667e-591f-11e6-9792-e3554bc066ce.html