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(May 9, 1915-January 19, 1986) Born in Akron, Ohio; educated at University of Akron and at Howard. Began journalism career in 1935 as reporter for Call and Post in Cleveland. Enlisted in U.S. Army as private; awarded three battle stars for service in New Guinea campaign, and was promoted to captain. After the war, joined Baltimore Afro-American; became Washington bureau chief for National Negro Press Association. Served as editor of Amsterdam News from 1955 to 1966 and from 1972 to 1977; worked in the interim as a public relations officer for National Urban League and as assistant commissioner of New York State Division of Human Rights. Reported for Amsterdam News on the Emmett Till case, on school desegregation in Clinton, Tennessee, Little Rock, Arkansas, and Oxford, Mississippi; was first African-American member of State Department Correspondents Association and first African-American reporter accredited to cover United Nations. In 1977 became editor of New York Voice, a Queens weekly. Died in Manhattan.