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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.”

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ( ) 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.

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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.

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