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Legendary journalist George E. Curry passes away

Curry mainly reported on racism, poverty and national politics for newspapers. He most recently wrote a syndicated column that ran in more than 200 black-owned newspapers.

Aug 23, 2016 11:17 IST
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George E. CurryLegendary journalist George E. Curry, considered the ‘dean of black press columnists’, passed away on 20 August 2016 in Maryland, USA.

Curry mainly reported on racism, poverty and national politics for newspapers. He most recently wrote a syndicated column that ran in more than 200 black-owned newspapers.

About George E. Curry

George E. Curry worked for Sports Illustrated and St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

In 1983, he joined the Chicago Tribune where he focused on the interest of the African American community.

In 1984, he covered the presidential campaign that included Jessie Jackson and vice-presidential campaigns of Geraldine Ferraro and George H. W. Bush.

In 1993, he published a bold depiction of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with an Aunt Jemima handkerchief on his head on the front cover.

In May 1996, he published a 17-page cover story entitled, Kemba’s Nightmare. It was about a girl who had been sentenced to 24 years in prison for a minor drug incident. President Clinton pardoned her in 2000 after hearing and talking with Curry.

• From 1993 to 2000, he was editor-in-chief of Emerge. This magazine won over 40 national journalism awards while under his leadership.

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