Friday, April 25, 2008

Reporter, prof Luther Jackson, 83, dies

The father of San Jose Guild leader Luther P. Jackson III — who had been a Washington Post reporter and Columbia journalism professor — has died at age 83 after suffering from Parkinson's disease. Luther P. Jackson Jr. was among the few black reporters at The Washington Post in the 1960s, according to an obit in that appeared that paper this morning. In 1968, he became the first black faculty member at Columbia University's journalism school. At Columbia, he was considered a mentor to many students, aspiring black journalists in particular. We haven't yet seen an obit in the Merc. (Photo credit: Family photo via Washington Post)

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