Former Dallas Times Herald executive editor Ken Johnson has died at the age of 74.
Family members say Johnson died Sunday at UT Southwestern University Hospital in Dallas of a heart infection.
The Times Mirror Corp. of Los Angeles appointed the 40-year-old Johnson to the Times Herald helm in 1975. In the next nine years, he helped transform the afternoon daily into an all-day, Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper. That ignited a ferocious competition with the established morning daily, The Dallas Morning News. It ended only after The News owner Belo Corp. bought the Times Herald and shut it down in December 1991.
Among the journalists hired by the Times Herald under Johnson were the late columnist Molly Ivins and reporter Bill Keller, who went on to become the present executive editor of The New York Times.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home in Dallas, with funeral at 2 p.m. Thursday at Sparkman Hillcrest. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas.