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Journalist and author Haynes Johnson dies at 81

WASHINGTON — Haynes Johnson, a Washington journalist who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the civil rights movement and migrated from newspapers to television, books and teaching, died Friday. He was 81.

The Washington Post reported he died of a heart attack at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md.

Mr. Johnson was awarded a Pulitzer in 1966 for national reporting on the civil rights struggle in Selma, Ala., while with the Washington Evening Star. He spent about 12 years at the Star before joining its chief rival, Washington Post, in 1969. He was a columnist for the Post from 1977 to 1994.

The author, co-author or editor of 18 books, he also appeared regularly on the PBS programs Washington Week in Review and The NewsHour. He was on the NewsHour historians panel from 1994 to 2004.

"I knew I wanted to write about America, our times, both in journalism and I also wanted to do books," he told C-SPAN in 1991. "I wanted to try to see if I could combine what I do as a newspaper person as well as step back a little bit and write about American life, and I was lucky enough to be able to do that."

He had taught at the University of Maryland since 1998.

Journalist and author Haynes Johnson dies at 81 05/24/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 11:29pm]

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