WEDU to re-air profile Thursday in memory of former St. Petersburg Times editor Eugene Patterson
Tampa PBS station WEDU-Ch. 3 will honor the memory of former St. Petersburg Times editor Eugene C. Patterson by rebroadcasting a profile on the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist originally aired on its Suncoast Business Forum back in March 2009.
Patterson died Jan. 12 at age 89 after a long illness. As the first editor of the then-St. Petersburg Times to lead the newspaper after legendary owner-editor Nelson Poynter, Patterson led the newsroom to two Pulitzer Prizes, set the tone for the paper's dogged investigative reporting and helped establish the newspaper's independence under the ownership of the Poynter Institute for Media Studies.
WEDU's profile of Patterson -- who had won his own Pulitzer as editor of Atlanta Journal-Constitution for his brave, challenging columns on racial equality -- airs at 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday.