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George  Barner
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(July 2, 1928- ) Born George Willard Barner in Emporia, Virginia; family moved to New York City when he was a child. Attended Columbia University (1953-55). Worked for New York Amsterdam News as reporter and later feature editor (1956-68); won New York State Press Association awards for coverage of an execution at Sing Sing and for exclusive interview with Izola Ware Curry, who stabbed Martin Luther King Jr. in 1958. In 1969 named news service editor at the New School for Social Research in New York City; later worked as freelance writer and public relations consultant. Won 1974 Pulitzer Prize with Newsday team for series "The Heroin Trail." Lives in Albany, New York.