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(October 11, 1929- ) Born John Howard Jack Nelson in Talladega, Alabama. After high school worked as reporter for Biloxi Daily Herald (1947-51), then as reporter for Atlanta Constitution (1952-65); also served in the army (1951-52), and studied economics at Georgia State College (1953-57). Attended Harvard on Nieman fellowship, 1961-62. Joined staff of Los Angeles Times in 1965 as Southern bureau chief. Moved to Washington bureau in 1970, becoming bureau chief in 1975 and chief Washington correspondent in 1996. Won Pulitzer Prize for local deadline reporting, 1974. Author of The Censors and the Schools (1963, with Gene Roberts Jr.), The Orangeburg Massacre (1970, with Jack Bass), The FBI and the Berrigans (1972, with R. J. Ostrow), Captive Voices (1974), Terror in the Night (1993).