‘Birmingham (Ala.) News’ AME Randy Henderson Dies at 53

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(AP) Randy Henderson, assistant managing editor for The Birmingham News, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer that ended a three-decade career of influencing Alabama journalism.

Henderson, 53, graduated from the University of Alabama in 1974 and went to work as a reporter and editor for The Cullman Times. He moved to The Anniston Star in 1976, where his positions included lifestyle editor and state editor.

Henderson began work at The Birmingham News in 1984 as assistant city editor. He won the newspaper’s top editorial award, The Big N, in 1986. That same year he was named city editor. Henderson became an assistant managing editor in 1996, directing local news coverage with about 70 reporters and editors.

“”He has no equal as a leader and developer of reporters,”” said Tom Scarritt, editor of The News.

“”Randy cared for the readers,”” said Pulitzer Prize-winner writer Rick Bragg, who worked for Henderson at The Anniston Star and The Birmingham News. “”He devoted just about all his life that he didn’t devote to his family to trying to get the best stories in the newspaper day after day.””

Henderson was named the University of Alabama’s journalism alumnus of the year last week.

Funeral arrangements were incomplete Thursday.

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