By: E&P Staff
Longtime newsman and columnist Les Gruber died Wednesday in Wilmington, N.C. He was 90.
After stints at newspapers such as the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald and LaCrosse (Wis.) Tribune, Gruber joined the predecessor to the Wilmington Star-News in 1958 as farm and state editor.
A Star-News obituary noted that after retiring from full-time journalism in 1986, Gruber did the “Back Then” historical column for the North Carolina paper until 2006.