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IN MEMORIAM • Aug. 15, 2019

Former Tribune editor Jack Howey dies at age 93

INDIANAPOLIS — Hoosier journalist Jack Eugene Howey, who reported, edited and published newspapers for a half century and helped draft Indiana’s Open Door Law, passed away at 9:19 p.m. Wednesday at age 93.

As managing editor of the Peru Daily Tribune, it became the first Indiana newspaper to publish entire reports on school accreditation and paved the way for a new Peru High School that was built in 1971. Under his leadership, the Peru Daily Tribune was an early publication to give up hot type and use computer technology to put out the daily edition.

On one occasion when Howey learned that the Ku Klux Klan was planning a rally in a nearby hunting lodge, he and an FBI agent hid in bushes near the building. Howey wrote down the license plate numbers of the people attending and fearlessly published them the next day. The KKK was subsequently unable to reestablish itself in Miami County.

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IN MEMORIAM • Aug. 1, 2019

Former Sentinel editor, WWII Navy veteran William Summers dies at 92

William Summers was among the “last of the Old Guard" and had his pulse on the community in Orlando through his role of handling letters to the editor.

Hired as a copy editor in 1955 at the Orlando Evening Star, he began a 35-year career working various editing jobs for the newspaper, which later became the Orlando Sentinel.

Summers, known to family and colleagues as Bill, died July 20 at a veterans home in Duncansville, Pa. He was 92.

Tasked with sorting through letters penned by readers, Summers excelled at selecting thoughtful contributions to the newspaper and avoided publishing hoaxes, said Jane Healy, a former Sentinel editorial page editor and managing editor.

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Retired Providence Journal editor dies after suffering heart attack while driving

NARRAGANSETT — Brian Beaulieu, 74, a retired Providence Journal copy editor and cars writer, died Sunday, his birthday.

He had suffered a heart attack while driving July 18, losing control of his car and striking a stone wall. He was alone in the car and had been in a coma from the time of the accident until his death.

Beaulieu had worked for The Journal and its afternoon paper, the Evening Bulletin, for 28 years before retiring in 2006. For several years, he also wrote The Journal’s Classic Wheels column.

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Longtime Sun editor Jeff Tudeen dies at 65

Former Gainesville Sun editor Jeff Tudeen — known for his command of language, unending generosity, boisterous laugh and love for the University of Florida Gators — died early Tuesday morning following an illness. He was 65.

Former Sun colleagues praised Tudeen as a man who always had time to help them find the right word or the best way to convey a point, who often brought the staff homemade banana bread and who expressed exasperation only when the Gators — be it football, volleyball or other sports — weren’t playing so well.

“I can’t remember him ever bad-mouthing anybody. That just goes to show the innate goodness of Jeff,” former reporter Bob Arndorfer said. “He’d do anything for anybody. Plus he was a master of language — he was the one you would go to whenever you had a question about language.”

Former Sun Managing Editor Jacki Levine said Tudeen was one of the finest people she ever met.

“He was a wonderful editor. He was very wise and he was a true gentleman,” Levine said.

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IN MEMORIAM • July 25, 2019

Former publisher Gene O. Morris dies at 80

KEARNEY, Neb. — Former McCook Gazette publisher Gene O. Morris died Sunday in the Kearney Regional Medical Center of double pneumonia and heart complications, according to family members.

Funeral services are pending with Herrmann-Jones Funeral Chapel in McCook.

Morris, who retired from the Gazette in 2008, served three different stints with the newspaper. He served as sports and news writer and editor from 1961 to 1965; as managing editor from 1969 to 1980; and as publisher from 1990 until 2007.

In addition to his years with the Gazette, Morris's career included newspaper and chamber of commerce work in Nevada, Mo., Winfield and Topeka, Kan., and Benkelman, Neb.

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IN MEMORIAM • July 11, 2019

Longtime Denver Post, Journal editor Westergaard dead at 67

DENVER (AP) — Neil Westergaard, a former executive editor of The Denver Post and longtime editor of the Denver Business Journal, has died. He was 67.

Westergaard died Sunday following heart surgery at the University of Colorado Hospital, the Post reported Monday.

Westergaard earned numerous awards during a Colorado journalism career in which he served as executive editor at the Post from 1993 to 1996 and editor-in-chief of the Journal from 1999 until his retirement in 2018.

Under his leadership, the Journal's awards included national honors from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing.

The Colorado chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored Westergaard with its Lowell Thomas and Keeper of the Flame awards for lifetime achievement. He was a member of the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame.

"Neil was a great man who loved his family, his friends and his community. He was happiest when he was stirring up the waters in Denver and Colorado politics," his wife, Cindy, said in a statement Monday. "We've lost a great journalist."

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IN MEMORIAM • June 20, 2019

Broadcast pioneer Lew Klein, 91, namesake of Temple's Klein College of Media and Communication

Lew Klein forged an extraordinary career in the broadcast industry and gave back, donating generously and teaching several generations of students at Temple University.

Lew Klein, the television pioneer who spent more than six decades teaching at Temple University and mentored innumerable broadcast professionals throughout his career, died Wednesday, June 12. He was 91.

Klein was honored several times at Temple for his service to the university, his support of education in media and communication, and his extraordinary career, culminating with the university's School of Media and Communication being renamed the Lew Klein College of Media and Communication in March 2017.

"Lew Klein has left an indelible imprint on the lives of countless Temple students who have gone on to build successful careers in media, communication and related fields. Those graduates are Lew's true gift to journalism. His influence will be felt for generations to come," said Temple President Richard M. Englert.

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Frank Barrows, longtime Observer writer and editor, dies at 72

Frank Barrows, a beloved former top editor of the Charlotte Observer whose journalism career took him from sports writing to leading the Carolinas’ largest newsroom, died Wednesday at his home in Charlotte. He was 72.

Barrows held many writing and editing jobs in his more than 30 years at the Observer. He left the paper in 2005 after 13 years as the newsroom’s managing editor, during which it was twice a finalist for Pulitzer prizes and scored hundreds of other awards.

Mark Ethridge, who preceded Barrows as managing editor, called him “one of the most brilliant editors and great writers who I ever knew.”

“He was a genius. He could conceptualize stories. Stories are about what happened to people, and he could understand the character arc of any story better than anybody I ever knew.”

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'He was a hell of a newspaperman': Former Billings Gazette, Independent Record publisher dies at 93

BILLINGS -- George Remington lived his life the way he reported the news: with fairness while striving for the truth.

Remington died Tuesday at 93.

An accomplished journalist and publisher for the Independent Record and Billings Gazette among others, Remington was a man known for his friendliness, wry sense of humor and extensive knowledge from literature to politics.

He instilled an importance of remaining informed along with the value of written word in both his work and his family.

“When you have someone who is so involved and connected with what’s going on, it makes for some interesting table discussions,” George’s son David Remington said. “It wasn’t until we were older that we saw the true value in that.”

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IN MEMORIAM • June 13, 2019

The man who helped make ProPublica possible has died

Whatever difference ProPublica has made in the world over the past 11 years — and we like to think we’ve had significant impact — it has been a team effort, the combination of hundreds of staff, tens of thousands of donors and millions of readers. But anyone familiar with our origins or our history knows that one person, more than any other, made ProPublica possible. His name was Herbert Sandler. He was, along with his late wife and partner of half a century, Marion, the provider of the bulk of funds with which ProPublica was launched in 2007–2008, and was the chairman of our Board of Directors from 2007 through 2016, and our most enthusiastic cheerleader and exacting reader from our first day of publishing until his own last day, which was yesterday. To say that we will miss him does not begin to express our sense of loss.

Herb Sandler was a very fortunate man, and he knew it. He and Marion built a hugely successful business, and when they sold it, they turned full time to philanthropy, committing to give away the vast bulk of their wealth. (You can read more about Herb’s remarkable life here.) One of the first major projects they launched in this next phase of their lives was an initiative to support investigative journalism. They understood as early as 2006 that the inevitable demise of newspapers’ business model threatened a crucial pillar of our democracy — accountability reporting. The couple recruited Paul Steiger, the just-retired managing editor of the Wall Street Journal, as ProPublica’s first editor and backed his vision for a nonprofit newsroom publishing original deep-dive investigations in partnership with leading legacy media.

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IN MEMORIAM • June 6, 2019

Le Anne Schreiber, 73, Dies; a First Among Sports Editors

Le Anne Schreiber, who became the first woman to run a major American daily newspaper's sports section when The New York Times appointed her to that position in 1978, died on Friday at a hospital in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. She was 73.

The cause was lung cancer, said Jennifer Shute, a close friend.

Ms. Schreiber, who was later an ombudswoman for ESPN, was an untraditional choice to be The Times's sports editor: She had never covered sports for a daily newspaper, though she had gained some experience writing about the subject. She had reported for Time magazine from the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, prompting the tennis star and feminist Billie Jean King to name her editor of her magazine, womenSports.

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IN MEMORIAM • April 4, 2019

Dean of Syracuse's Newhouse school, Lorraine Branham, dies

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Lorraine Branham, dean of Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, has died at 66.

Chancellor Kent Syverud said Branham died Tuesday after a hard-fought battle with cancer. He called her "a pillar in the Syracuse University community" and "an icon in the media industry."

Branham, who was born in Philadelphia, received her bachelor's degree from Temple University and became a full-time journalism professor in 2002 after a 25-year career in newspapers as an editor, editorial writer and reporter in stints at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tallahassee Democrat, Baltimore Sun and Philadelphia Inquirer.

Branham took over as dean of Newhouse in 2008, replacing David Rubin. She led an $18 million fundraising campaign for the renovation of Newhouse II and the creation of the Newhouse Studio and Innovation Center featuring Dick Clark Studios, the Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation, and the Diane and Bob Miron Digital News Center.

Branham also championed the student-produced, web-based news magazine, The NewsHouse, and spurred creation of the Newhouse Sports Media Center.

"I am forever grateful for what (she) accomplished," Donald Newhouse, whose father established the Newhouse school, told The Post-Standard of Syracuse.

Prior to arriving at Syracuse, Branham served as dean of the journalism school at University of Texas at Austin.

Chancellor Syverud said the university would organize gatherings for students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to mourn together.

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IN MEMORIAM • March 28, 2019

Founder of black North Carolina newspaper dies at 88

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — John Kilimanjaro, who founded a North Carolina newspaper that provided information to the black community, has died. He was 88.

Afrique Kilimanjaro said her father died Wednesday morning, the same day his newspaper, the Carolina Peacemaker, is printed.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports Kilimanjaro was an Arkansas native who disavowed his family's slave name and adopted one that referenced the mountain in Africa.

The newspaper, founded in 1967, included coverage of efforts to desegregate schools and a battle to establish a district system that would make it easier for local black people to be elected to political office.

Kilimanjaro also taught drama at North Carolina A&T State University. A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday in Greensboro.

IN MEMORIAM • March 21, 2019

Alva Review-Courier publisher dies

Lynn Martin, publisher of the Alva Review-Courier, has died, according to Oklahoma Press Association. He was 77.

A memorial service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alva High School auditorium, 501 14th.

Martin began working as a photographer and columnist for his local community newspaper while in high school. He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University with a degree in psychology.

In 1969, Martin and his wife Marione purchased KALV-AM in Alva, which they operated until its sale in 1988.

In 1972, the Martins began publishing Newsgram, a free weekly publication. In 1990, Martin purchased the Alva Review-Courier. Martin also was owner and operator of a professional photography studio in downtown Alva.

Lynn and Marione were both inducted into the OPA Quarter Century Club in 2015.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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